Building a home on a desert property, especially one that periodically floods, might sound like a recipe for disaster. For the architects at the Kendle Design Collaborative however, it was a welcome challenge. Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the site-sensitive family home celebrates nature and blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. The Chibi Moku architectural film team brought out attention to this beautiful residence—keep reading to see their video of the Desert Arroyo home.
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.
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.
Images via Chibi Moku