Conceived as an extension of the Arizona landscape, this eco-friendly, modern house approaches near net-zero energy consumption.

"A teddy-bear cholla field growing out of a prominent out-crop of pinkish-red shale stone, which is found running along the entire eastern edge of the site," say the architects.

Approached by clients who wanted to simplify their lifestyle and reconnect with the landscape, Phoenix–based Wendell Burnette Architects have designed the Hidden Valley Desert House as a “long pavilion for living.”

"A teddy-bear cholla field growing out of a prominent out-crop of pinkish-red shale stone, which is found running along the entire eastern edge of the site," say the architects.

“A teddy-bear cholla field growing out of a prominent out-crop of pinkish-red shale stone which is found running along the entire eastern edge of the site,” say the architects.

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Located on a south-facing saguaro-studded knoll, the low-lying, modern dwelling is set on a plaster-covered concrete plinth sunken into the pinkish earth in parallel to the contours running east to west. 



Above the plinth hovers a shade canopy large enough to not only house all the mechanical systems, water storage, and energy supply, but also to provide sufficient shade from the harsh sun, particularly for the outdoor terraces on the west and east ends.

The stainless steel canopy fascia hides the rooftop photovoltaic solar panels.

The stainless steel canopy fascia hides the rooftop photovoltaic solar panels.

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Sandwiched between the plinth and canopy is a “dispersed core of mass forms,” explains the firm, who arranged the layout to frame focused desert views and minimize the percentage of glass to wall.

The open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living area is located in the heart of the home.

The open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living area is located in the heart of the home.

Bill Timmerman

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Sustainable, Modern Home Frames a Prickly Desert Landscape

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