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Manta Ray-Shaped ‘Mummy House’ Hugs a Mountain Top in Arizona
Nick Tsontakis‘ two story home is designed to arc around a peak on Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley. Arizona guidelines forbid the home’s height to surpass the mountain top, so Tsontakis decided to build down. The home’s entrance is a hall and ten car garage on the upper street level, which also features two guest bedrooms. The entry hall leads down into north and south wings, which contain six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and wrap-around decks on either side.
The north wing is home to the master bedroom suites, while the south contains most of the living areas. Floor-to-ceiling glass curtains span the home’s facade, bringing in natural light and opening the interior to the mountainside to bring in fresh air. The home’s roof is made up of dark-colored curved panels that deflect solar gain while giving the home a space age aesthetic. Since building over the mountain is prohibited, the north and south wings are accessible via a tunnel bored through the mountain.
The innovative home was designed to capture the beauty of the region, giving its owners gorgeous views of both the McDowell Mountains to the north and Camelback Mountain and Downtown Phoenix in the south.
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