A modern minimalist desert house architecture design is completed designed by the architect Circle West Architects. This living space design which covers an area for about 5,000 square feet is built in 2008 and it is based in 4812 E Berneil Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA. The house articulating is defined the spaces in retrofitting a 20-years-old residence through a punctuation of the natural daylight, the exterior spatial relationships and a reduction in use of finishes. This living space project is a modern; sustainable intervention in the desert and the single-family residence renovation is represents a forward thinking approach to the dessert life.
The textured desert mountains to the south, west and northeast are surrounds the one-acre site is within a single-family residential neighborhood. Through the revegetative desert landscape, the pure structure is cuts a clean sharp edge. To perforate the original frame of the existing living space to allow a vibrant, natural day lighting experience, the newly added program is focus in the renewed design. On the south facade, a large overhang screens the plane of glass from the harsh summer sun is placed, while it is allowing the winter light to wash the interior walls. Mature vegetation shades the east elevation, while the west face of the residence has a limited, it is strategically placed the openings which is protected with a large overhangs. Through the living space, the views to the surrounding mountains and desert sky naturally radiate in it. The circulation experience and the relationships between uses for a spontaneous and organic residential experience are refined by the additive program. The concrete and stucco structure f the original house is remains intact minimizing the material which is required to be sent to the landfill. A large percentage of the construction and building materials are high recycled the content such as the glass, zinc siding and a concrete flooring. The new high-efficiency HVAC units are utilized to condition the added space.
The native plantings with the very low water requirements are replace all the foreign landscaping and turf. To capture the entire roof ad site rainwater, the one-acre parcel has been regarded, it is reducing the total amount of the storm water which is required to be treated by the municipality, while it is naturally supplementing the vegetations needs. To the exterior materials of zinc metal siding and glass sets a dramatic relationship of a refreshing living experience, the layering of the elements from the natural “filtering” of the desert landscape.
Architect: Circle West Architects
Location: 4812 E Berneil Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
Project Team: Peter M. Koliopoulos AIA
General Contractor: Urban Edge Builders
Structural Engineer: BDA Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Tiglas Engineering Assoc.
Electrical Engineer: CR Engineers
Landscape Architect: Arcadiascape, LLC
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Circle West Architects