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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pool at the lower terrace fulfills the need for water. And as for fire, the remnant masonry foundation of an old well became a pivot point for organizing the house. Now the centerpiece of the rear terrace, it is a fire pit formed from concrete and stone. Even the house's hardest edges took cues from the organic environment. To make the concrete site wall's vertical ex- pansion joints disappear, the architects used 2x6s to create rhythmic depres- sions that bounce in and out. "How do you celebrate the constructability of concrete?" asks Nick. "You don't want a wall that seems monolithic but one that is growing out of the desert. When you look at the desert, it never has a straight, seamed line. We created this beautiful texture that plays with light and the romance of the desert, and the construction method was achieved without being too fussy." Says Victor, "Our hope was that there would be a resonance between the stairs and that vertical fluting, not isolated from one another but part of the same material expression." Ever attuned to its physical sur- roundings, the interior is a virtual blank canvas with white walls and polished concrete floors. Most of the glass is on the north and east, while the opaque south side plays defense against the persistent sun. The alchemy between site and struc- ture is in evidence every day. "It was a real joy to correspond with the clients after the house was built and to hear 75 VOL. 3, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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