As you can imagine, life in the desert has its challenges. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s any less pleasant to live out there than it is to have a hillside house in the middle of a forest. This beautiful desert house from Paradise Valley is the perfect example.
It was built in 2016, being a project developed by Kendle Design Collaborative one which shows great respect for the natural topography of the site, the views and the local vegetation. Even the fact that this area usually gets flooded a few times a year didn’t discourage the architects from making the most of this location.
This is a desert house designed to serve as a cozy family home in sync with its surroundingsThe harsh desert landscape actually looks quite charming in this contextLarge expanses of glass allow tons of natural light to enter the house, illuminating all the rooms
This is a house that celebrates nature and desert living by blurring the line between the inside and outside areas and including features such as an outdoor kitchen, rammed earth walls, expansive glazed surfaces and wooden floors, ceilings and furniture which create a warm and welcoming ambiance while also ensuring a seamless visual connection with the landscape.
The house was built using local materials and features rammed earth walls and a wooden roof structureThe strong relationship between the house and its surroundings is reflected in how natural areas like this one lookThe comfort and elegance extend outdoors where there’s this cozy seating with a fire pit at the center
The architects used local materials and a palette of textures and colors inspired by the views and the immediate surroundings. The modern dining room setup shows just how site-sensitive this whole project is, almost giving the impression that nature comes into the room.
The clerestory windows make it seem as if the roof is floating and bring in even more sunlightThe house is designed to suit everyday life as a family, specifically adapted to the desert regionThe roof overhangs provide shelter from the sun and allow the internal courtyard to be used for lounging and entertainingThe house rises from the harsh landscape and looks right at home, as if it’s been shaped by the land itselfA long corridor showcases the owners’ expansive art collection, serving as a gallerySliding glass doors and full height windows bring the views and nature itself into the houseA vast open space with high ceilings incorporates the main social spaces: the living room, kitchen and a dining nookThe master bathroom has a gorgeous view and features this amazing 90 degree window which makes everything look magicalThe bedroom has a similarly amazing corner view and this really opens up the whole spaceOut here in the land of dust and cacti this house celebrates everything that is beautiful