Specht Architects completed the Sundial House, a modernist home that derives its name from the changing play of light and shadow indoors. Set atop a ridge in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the award-winning residence is built to look and feel like a sculptural extension of the landscape with impressive panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Oriented for optimal views of the Sangre de Christos mountains, the Sundial House makes the most of its views with large expanses of glass protected by the cantilevered roof. The home is organized around two perpendicular board-formed concrete walls. The landscape design reinforces the sense of order and rhythm laid out by the architectural elements.
“The house enhances a feeling of connection to the site, both physically, and temporally, and provides a true sense of shelter,” wrote the architects. The indoor-outdoor relationship is strengthened not only through glazed walls and a skylight, but with the addition of courtyards as well.
Images by Taggart Sorensen