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Desert Architecture Series #1 | Nick Tsontakis | Paradise Valley, Arizona

This Paradise Valley hillside home in the Sanctuary contains 6,080 sq. ft. of livable area. With 5,358 on the main level and an additional 732 sq. ft. on the lower level.

Both the rocky hillside terrain and the pool are essential characteristics of the home. It embraces a modernist ideal. The complexity of a single family house program can be abstracted and stripped to its essentials by using strictly rectangular/geometric forms.

The overall form, when contrasted with the steep slopes and rocky nature of the site, makes a deeply meaningful statement about the difference between the built and natural environments. The pool embodies this concept and brings the geometry of the home to the exterior.

Its long, linear shape contrasts with the steepness of the hillside creating a moment of appreciation for both the natural site and the built home.

We have also demonstrated how a modern home can be warm and livable. As well, the interior of the home serves as a background to the main focus which is the views to the exterior.

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