Somehow, there is something almost disturbing, and at the same time, beautifully stunning about this home made of desert soil. I get lost in all the transparencies, textures, materials, distorted openings and lines. It is like walking into a piece of abstract art.
Wendell Burnette Architects is an architectural practice based in Phoenix, Arizona. This Desert Courtyard House has been nominated for the Designs of the Year 2015 exhibition that will be open tomorrow at the Design Museum in London.
About – “Mass, hollowed mass, faceted mass, fissured mass, and mass that cracks open and hinges apart informed how we proceeded to give this home its defining qualities all the way down to the fittings and fixtures that one touches with the hand or the eye. For instance, all the millwork is volumetric concealing its thinness until a bronze void is touched with the fingertips revealing its smooth, contoured surface allowing the mass to be cracked open revealing contents within. Fissures in the steel ceiling reveal light while maintaining the quality of nothingness at night. One can also push open a massive translucent stone to take an outdoor shower in a private faceted court. Mass and the improbability of delicacy discovered within, is what gives the Sonoran Desert its remarkable presence.” — Wendell Burnette Architects
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