Paradise Valley Residence
This signature home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, unveils a quintessential paradigm for southwest modern residential architecture. A desert oasis of seamless indoor-outdoor living, it is the consummate integration of architectural design, engineering and the natural environment. Coen + Partners collaborated with Charles R. Stinson Architecture on the design of this estate.
The project commands a large, blank, southwestern-facing slope with spectacular views of the Camelback Mountains. The challenge was to create a light-filled home that would grow organically out of the landscape without dominating it. A seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces is achieved through pattern, form and materiality. A light limestone permeates the interior and exterior of the house and compliments the natural rock outcropping on the hillside. Floor surfaces from within the home extend into the patios and garden spaces, with meticulous repetition of jointing patterns and stone textures.
This desert home is defined by its “open arms”. Two wings of the house feature expansive cantilevered decks which frame the view towards Camelback Mountain in the distance. The central composition of the low-profile house connects to the pool terrace and zero edge swimming pool; the pool’s reflection creates a quiet foreground to the impressive mountain range.
A water wall adjacent to the front door and visible from within the living spaces serves as a backdrop for sculptures by Magdalena Abakanowicz. The strategic location of the auto court, tucked between the house and integrated into the hillside, allows the powerful scene to read unobstructed. The borrowed views integrate the far-reaching landscape into the innermost part of the home.
Because the dynamic landscape was a design feature, Coen + Partners implemented a simple pattern of textures to complement the materials and forms of the house. The geometry of the gardens, swimming pool, and plantings are all extensions of the geometry of the architecture. Native plantings reinforce the power of the desert landscape. Masses of cactus reinforce the geometric patterns of the architecture and celebrate the remarkable textures and colors found in the Arizona desert.
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