Friday, October 1, 2010

Desert House | Steven Holl Architects | Planar House, Arizona USA

Arizona, United States, 2002-2005

PROGRAM: private residence
CLIENT: withheld
SIZE: 3,320 sf
STATUS: completed

This house is to be a part of, and vessel for, a large contemporary art collection. Great 20th century works by Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons and Jannis Kounellis are part of the collection which includes important video artworks. Constructed of tilt-up concrete walls, the flat and rotated nature of the walls merges with the simple orthogonal requirements of the interiors for art. Shape extensions and light and air chimneys connected to cooling pools articulate the planar geometry. From a courtyard experienced at the entry of sequence, a ramp leads to a rooftop sculpture garden - a place of silence and reflection.


Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect)
Martin Cox (project architect)
Tim Bade (schematic design)
Robert Edmonds, Annette Goderbauer, Hideki Hirahara, Clark Manning (project team)
Structural Engineer
– Rudow & Berry
Mechanical Engineer
– Roy Otterbein
Roy Otterbein
Civil Engineer
– Fleet Fisher Engineering
Electrical Engineer
– Associated Engineering
Landscape Architect
– Steve Martino & Associates

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