Unlike the typical family home, the 6,700-square-foot Desert Arroyo house is divided into a series of low-profile rectilinear forms. The collection of buildings is carefully arranged around a natural gully that bisects the site and floods with water during the spring’s Monsoon storms. Bridges connect the three primary structures. A simple materials palette, mainly made up of rammed earth, glass, oxidized steel, and wood, keeps the attention on the landscape.

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Natural light spills through the large windows that punctuate the facades and bring views and breeze of the desert landscape indoors. The open-plan layout of the living rooms is extended to the outdoors. A five-bed vegetable garden is also located onsite. Though the Desert Arroyo house has a sophisticated and contemporary appearance, it’s also warm and family-friendly; the home was specifically designed to accommodate the clients and their two toddlers, aged 3 and 5.

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