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Rammed earth home is architectural masterpiece in the Arizona desert

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Designed by Kendle Design Collaborative, this modern home in Paradise Valley, Arizona celebrates nature while soaking in the unforgettable mountain views. The design of this 6,100 square foot home is inspired by desert form, indigenous materials, natural light, and mountain views. Layered walls of rammed-earth, metal, concrete, and glass create a playful collection of organic forms within a natural desert setting while visually articulating the various functions within.

The signature feature of this home is its floating roof canopy, the underside of which is comprised of tectonic-like forms inspired by the local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this canopy balances the owner’s desire for both grandeur and coziness, starting low within the interior living spaces and rising dramatically towards the 180-degree mountain view. All lighting and mechanical devices are carefully concealed within the fissures of this feature, allowing the form and materials to be the focus.

Project Team: Architect/Designer: Kendle Design Collaborative | Builder: Desert Star Construction | Interior Designer: David Michael Miller Associates | Landscape Architect/Designer: GBTwo

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A passive feature includes interior spaces arranged about a central outdoor atrium, allowing modulation of daylight and breezes to provide natural interior comfort. Natural light brings this home to life, seeping in through carefully articulated crevices or reflecting off the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the mood of this home. At times water-reflected light dances across the fractured planes of earth and wood while other times providing a Zen-like sense of calm.

Accolades: Dancing Light was the 2017 BALA Platinum winner for One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 4,501 – 6,000 Square Feet.

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What We Love: This spectacular rammed earth home offers plenty of architectural eye-candy, but the real show-stopper is the roof. Its floating characteristics and the exquisite use of solids and voids brings indoor-outdoor connectivity to a whole other level. Natural light seems to transform the mood of this home. Dancing across fractured planes, it offers inhabitants a feeling of calm… Readers, what do you think of this design, are you a fan of rammed earth homes? Tell us in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other amazing home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Kendle Design Collaborative: Desert Wing hovers over the High Sonoran desert and Fascinating rammed earth home piercing the deserts of Arizona.

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Photos: Alexander Vertikoff

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