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The Triad House

Prescott, Arizona

This 1,500 square foot 2 bedroom house is located on a challenging site with steep slopes and large boulder outcroppings, surrounded by spectacular views. A major goal was to maintain the existing vegetation and not disturb the impressive rock formations, while at the same time creating an energy efficient house that complemented the land through a sensitive contrast with the landforms. The plan of the building was to a large extent determined both in plan and section by the locations of these features. All trees were retained and minimal damage to the site was achieved by limiting machine access.

Roebuck Straw-Bale Home

Apache Junction, Arizona

This home’s design is based around a fantastic view of the Superstition Mountains due east of the site, with a rocky hillside to the north, and otherwise limited and selected views to the south and west.  The form arises as a disintegration of a simple rectangular gable-roofed box into a sweeping, reaching and view/sun fractured form that allows in just the right views, sun and wind while rising up in response to the mountains and sky.  This form then balances the precise, light steel frame against the massive, thick, earthy straw-bale walls, expressing the union of earth and sky.

Ballogg Residence

Wickenburg, Arizona

This home was designed for a retired couple along a wash in a moderately-sized desert town. The tight budget, limited view, and highway exposed low-desert site presented a challenging design problem. Built from insulated concrete forms (ICF's), it gathers outdoor space to link with the indoors. The design weaves natural ventilation, daylighting, and efficient construction into a fluid solution.