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Form Architecture | Desert Mountain – Lot 145

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Lot 145 is a fantastic view lot located in the Gamble Quail neighborhood of Desert Mountain in Scottsdale Arizona.  This home is all about desert living with its large overhangs, indoor/outdoor living lifestyle, amazing sunset views and iconic architecture.

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This 3840 SF casual open plan is designed for entertaining and privacy.  All of the private areas of the home such as the Master Suite and Guest Suites are separated from the central public entertainment areas by glass bridge sculpture galleries and have their own bathrooms and  private patio areas.   The central Living area, designed for entertaining, is large and open with high ceilings and unobstructed views to the city and pool area.  Each space is carefully designed for it’s specific function and is conceptually separated from each other with a elevated walkways that give order, interest and signals the transition from one type of space to another.

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The transition from the Auto Court to the main entrance is via a steel elevated bridge over a small sculpture garden.  The bridge, like other elevated walkways throughout the house signifies the transition from public space into a more private setting.

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The central Living Room is a large 2 level casual open space that opens onto the Outdoor Living area and Pool.  The expansive glass panels fill the space with light from 4 sides and uniquely design skylights bring light into the upper observation deck creating an artful play of light and shadows.  To control solar gain, steel trellis screens designed to mimic mountain profiles ensure practical protection while maintaining westerly views.

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The street elevations begins to define the concept of the homes pitched roofs that reflect the near by desert mountain profiles, the separation of the house into specific functioning zones and it’s relatively solid nature that creates privacy from the street.

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The Guest Suite wing has it’s own private patio space with views to the city and direct access to the pool.

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The Master Suite is designed as a sanctuary for privacy.  It is accessed across an elevated glass bridge and has it’s own private viewing patio separated from the main public pool area.  The Master Suite is divided into 3 distinct areas, the master bath, the sleeping area and the sitting area.  The sitting and sleeping area are divided by a large see through fireplace that creates a certain level of privacy for the sleeping area.

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The architecture of the home is a combination of three design principles.  First, the slanted roof angles reflect the nature of the surrounding hills and expand the view horizon.  Seconding the house sits lightly over the site by minimizing its foot print and allowing the desert nature to come up and through the house thus fully engaging the desert environment and third, strongly anchoring the house to the site through us of materials and site wall placement.  The overall effect being the house is very location specific and could only fit the one special unique environment.

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One bonus feature is the upper outside viewing deck.  The purpose of the viewing deck gives the architecture mystery, interest and a sense of scale.  The elevated viewing deck is shaded by the main roof structure creating a useable outdoor living space with fantastic city views.  One of the most interesting features of the home is the internal access to the deck is via a light shaft that brings nature into the center of the plan and creates a strong connection to the desert by allowing visual glimpses of the desert environment.  The path to the deck is much like a trip though a desert canyon that yields it’s mysteries at each turning corner.

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