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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cities. Retired Midwest transplants, the couple wanted something reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. "We engaged them in a dialogue about Wright's philosophy and began to steer them in a direction that questioned the essence of dwelling and the relationship to the site," says Nick, "helping them look beyond pre- conceived notions of home." The design they worked out is a two-bedroom home that sits below the crown of a hill, sculpted along the rock contours and canted toward the moun- tains. Built on pilings cut into the rock, the house reaches into the natural hillside and then soars out over the desert, gazing toward the north. Low in profile and suf- fused with shifting light, its understated interiors and earthy language of steel and concrete eliminate mundane distractions. It was always about the view. "Nick and I went to the property with the cli- ents and sat on a part of the hill looking north," Victor says. "The clients looked at each other and said, this is the spot, the view we want to look at for the rest of our lives." That spot is now the neck between the parking area and the main house, a crucial hinge in the overall de- sign. The house's massing is minimized with a detached carport structure that contains the husband's workshop on one side and the wife's psychotherapy office and fitness room on the other. Visitors drive up the hill along the site wall, park, and are treated to the view as they walk toward the house. This arrangement also effectively keeps work and hobbies in one realm and domestic life in another. 71 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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