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2002 | Scottsdale, AZ | Private Residence | 4,600 sq ft

Hillside contours, boulder field, distant views, and stands of old saguaro, shape the cast-in-place concrete ledge.  Interlocking the curvilinear retaining walls, a protective shell of oxidized titanium plates integrates the “scorpion” forms with desert shadow.

An inverted conical shape roof unifies the continuous interior, defends against a western solar exposure and responds to the incline of the land.  Multiple center points are subordinate to the radial joint grid generated by the hemispherical pool.  Program elements are directed to, across, and beyond the seemingly suspended disk of blue water leaking through a coping sieve of two-hundred and fifty-four stainless steel nipples.

Although the entry sequence straddles a small, yet significant canyon, the resulting upper landing bridge allows the existing drainage pattern to continue undisturbed.  The beautiful arroyo view is only revealed after stair ascension and passage through the creature’s concrete backbone.

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Awards

2004

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

2004

Design Awards
Honorable Mention

2004

Metal Architecture

2003

American Institute of Architects – Western Mountain Region
Merit Award

2003

The Arizona Home Book Design Excellence Awards
Gold, Architecture under 5,000 SF
Gold, Custom Metal Work
Gold, Stone and Tile
Silver, Fireplaces

2003

Phoenix Home & Garden
Arizona Homes of the Year Honor Award

2003

Valley Forward Association
Environmental Excellence Awards
Merit Award – Single Family Residence

Publications

Books:

2005

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

2005

GRAPHIC STANDARDS DETAILS: OPENINGS
Published by John Wiley and Sons, Wendy Talarico (Editor in Chief)

2005

SPAS FOR YOUR HOME
Hh4rper Collins Publishers, Collins Design & LOFT Publications

2003

ARIZONA HOME BOOK
The Ashley Group, Publisher, The Design Excellence Awards

2003

MORE SPECTACULAR POOLS
Paco Asensio, (Publisher – Italy), Pere Plannells (Photographer)

2003

POOLS
Feierabend Verlag Publishing (Germany), Pere Plannells (Photographer)

Magazines:

2006

AD (Italy) – March

2006

CUSTOM HOME – Summer

2005

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST – May
O’Rourke Residence

2004

ARIZONA FOOTHILLS CUSTOM HOMES

2003

ARIZONA FOOTHILLS – September

2003

DESERT LIVING MAGAZINE – March / April

2003

MAISIONS, COTE SUD (France) – April / May

2003

PHOENIX HOME AND GARDEN – September

TV – Film – Radio:

2007

Discovery Real Time Series (Europe) – Winter
“Ultimate House”