Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Tucson Residence TUCSON, ARIZ MANCUSI DESIGN AND VICTOR SIDY, AIA When architects Victor Sidy and Nick Mancusi first walked this hillside site with their clients, the word that came to mind was "intimate." Although it lies just a few miles west of downtown Tucson and within city limits, the land is virtually un- touched desert, and a wash that runs down from the Tucson Mountains supports a lush ecosystem of animals and songbirds; saguaro, prickly pear, and cholla cactuses; and desert scrub. "There was an intimacy about the site that we felt was important to touch on in the design of the house," says Victor. The two architects first crossed paths at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (now the School of Architecture at Taliesin), where Nick was a student and Victor was dean. Nick had just returned to Tucson to start a practice and Victor was finishing his tenure at Taliesin when the clients approached them, seeking an alternative to the typical stucco houses with tile roofs that fill the suburbs of desert 69 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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