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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"The great thing was that the con- tractor was also an architect, and we had conversations about how to save costs on certain structural elements without sacrificing these dynamic movements," says Nick. There's a handy hierarchy at play, too. "The cantilevered living room is the most visible part," Victor says. "Everything else is subser- vient to that, but it's just steel beams running out, and everything is standard sizing. We didn't need to do a lot of structural gymnastics." Although, as Page points out, "we had to get scaffold- ing in to clad the cantilever." Making Music That modular logic drove the choice and placement of exterior elements, too, but with an imaginative twist. Both musicians—Victor plays classical music, Nick contemporary—they set up a three-four rhythm with the windows and metal cladding. "We like to add a compositional element to the way every- thing comes together when the design is simple," Victor says. "And the best way to understand that is its analog with music." This three-unit-against-four- unit rhythm is especially evident on the west elevation, where the windows— a 12-foot ribbon here, a six-foot module there (multiples of three)—are set into cladding consisting of four-foot-wide, oiled steel panels that will rust gently with age. "The passage of time was something the clients really embraced," Victor says. "As a psychotherapist, she loved the idea of seeing the building itself age as they grow older." There are other lyrical elements, too. Nick and Victor explored how the house might interact, consciously or subconsciously, with earth, fire, water, and air—the four elements. "Earth is a fairly visceral experience when you're in the hill like that, and wind is typical of that part of the city," Victor says. An entryway runnel that pours water into a Across its terraces and walkways, the house taps the elements of fire, earth, water, air. Below and bottom: A fire pit derives from a remnant well on the site, and an array of desert plants cling to the natural hillside. Opposite: A runnel pours water into a pool on the open-air terrace, high above the Sonoran Desert. 74 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 DESIGN LAB HIGHER ORDER

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