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2004 | Phoenix, AZ | Private Residence & Museum | 30,000 sq ft

One descends below the ground surface while the horizon line rises. As one moves deeper, light levels reduce, sound reverberation increases, temperature drops. There is an awareness of the damp smell of soil. You are in the room; a large room sharing an amazing collection of artifacts discovered underground, buried thousands of years before, now visible, yet still below the ground. The natural insulating qualities of the earth keep the room comfortable and reduce energy consumption. Time to go home.  Ascension.  Up into a cloud space, diffuse bright, light everywhere, high above the ground where all things are possible… again!


Awards

2006

American Architecture Exhibition and Distinguished Building Awards
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

2006

Custom Home Design Awards, Sponsored by Hanely Wood Magazines
Grand Award – Detail Category

2005

American Institute of Architects – Arizona
Citation Award

2005

American Institute of Architects – Western Mountain Region
Citation Award

Publications

Books:

2007

ARCHITECTURE HIGHLIGHTS
Shanglin A & C Limited (China), Yanli Hu (Chief Editor)

Magazines:

2006

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – October

2006

CUSTOM HOMES – May / June