Spectacular concrete and glass house offers an oasis in the Arizona desert

contemporary desert home exterior

This spectacular contemporary desert house designed by Tate Studio Architects is situated near Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona. The owner of this dwelling was originally from Newport Beach, California, seeking a more expansive living space after residing in a condo for several years.

The home blends rustic board-formed concrete with precision concrete block, forming a visually striking modern structure emerging from the desert landscape. The black basalt tile and sleek travertine provide an attractive complement to the man-made elements, creating a striking contrast in texture and color. Expansive walls of glass frame picturesque views of the desert terrain, while clerestory windows provide glimpses of distant mountain peaks.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Tate Studio Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Sue White Design BUILDER Full Circle Custom Homes LANDSCAPE DESIGN Desert Foothills Landscape

contemporary desert home exterior

What We Love: This spectacular Arizona desert house is infused with warmth throughout its interiors thanks to the cedar cladding in the great room, the second-level guest retreat, and the wood paneling in the owner’s bedroom. Large expanses of glazing help to capture the desert vistas throughout this home, blurring the lines between indoors and out. Overall, the project team did a fabulous job of creating a calming oasis for the homeowner.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this Arizona desert home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Arizona: This modern Arizona desert home has amazing indoor and outdoor living and This rambler style homestead in Arizona has absolutely stunning details.

contemporary desert home exterior

Above: This Scottsdale home is surrounded by a dramatic desert landscape and fabulous mountain views. On the property, native plantings include barrel cactus, agave, monstrose, ocotillo, palo verde, and saguaros.

contemporary living room with a fireplace

Above: Beautiful living room with warm, neutral colors, clerestory windows, and a linear fireplace. The sofa and chairs are from A. Rudin, custom upholstered in a Knoll Mohair Prima (a luxurious velvet) and Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca. The coffee table is by Dan Pollock.

contemporary living room with a fireplace

Above: Living room with unobstructed views of the surrounding desert. In front of the modern board-formed concrete fireplace, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

contemporary living room

Above: The Morrocan area rug was sourced from Azadi Fine Rugs.

contemporary dining room and kitchen

Above: The kitchen features a beautiful backsplash, floating island, and wine cellar. The dining table is a custom walnut waterfall table by Mimi London. The chairs are custom upholstered in mohair, adding warmth and texture to this space. The kitchen backsplash is quartzite.

contemporary kitchen looking into the living room

Above: Beautiful open-concept kitchen and great room.

contemporary living room

Above: Inviting great room uses neutral colors and plays off the beautiful desert landscape just outside.

contemporary powder room

Above: Contemporary powder bath with geometric tile wall and floating vanity.

contemporary powder room

Above: White powder bath with modern features creates a light and bright space.

contemporary hallway

Above: Hand carved wooden bowls provide a warm contrast to this concrete corridor.

contemporary bedroom with a fireplace

Above: The bedroom suite features beautiful design details and views of the desert landscape. Set in front of the fireplace are rattan chairs sourced from West Elm. On the bed, a duvet from Kneedler Fauchère. The painting on the wall is ‘Twirling in Uganda’ by artist Christine Warjone.

contemporary bathroom

contemporary staircase

Above: The painting on the wall is by artist Erika Carter

contemporary staircase

Above: This staircase features a stunning light fixture by Dale Chihuly and desert views. The striking material palette consists of cedar, European oak, board-formed concrete walls, and glass.

contemporary bedroom

Above: The bedroom with a view features colorful accents. The wood rug is from Azadi Fine Rugs. A pair of chairs by Leanne Ford Design for Crate & Barrel are set to soak in the desert views through floor-to-ceiling windows. On the wall, the painting is called ‘Low Tide’ by artist Linda Christensen.

contemporary balcony with planter boxes

Above: The balcony provides beautiful views, rectangular planters, and a wood ceiling that extends from the inside. 

contemporary desert home exterior at dusk

contemporary bedroom

Above: The bedroom features floor-to-ceiling windows to capture natural light and views. 

contemporary bathroom with a floating vanity

Above: The black and white bathroom provides a contrast with the natural desert landscape just outside.

contemporary bathroom shower with floor-to-ceiling windows

Above: Large walk-in shower with 90-degree glass corner window. 

contemporary desert home exterior at dusk

Above: The entry feature creates a dramatic welcome. 

contemporary desert home exterior at dusk

Above: Evening view of the auto court and entry to the home.

contemporary desert home exterior at dusk

Above: A “glass wall” provides a dramatic view of the staircase and indoor spaces of the home. 

contemporary desert home swimming pool deck at dusk

contemporary desert home swimming pool at dusk

Above: Evening view of the dramatic cantilevered roof lines and pool area. 

contemporary desert home exterior at dusk

Above: Evening view of the home exterior.

PHOTOGRAPHER CJ Gershon Photography

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1 month ago

I just love the large glass walk-in shower, and those views of the incredible surrounding landscape! Divine.