14 Oct '16, 3pm

This extraordinary Arizona house blends the structure with the Sonoran desert location. #WendellBurnetteArchitects

This extraordinary Arizona house blends the structure with the Sonoran desert location. #WendellBurnetteArchitects

Wendell Burnette Architects designed this stunning home in Scottsdale, AZ to exemplify the Sonoran Desert topography by seamlessly blending the structure with its surroundings. Because of this, the Desert Courtyard House is built from materials found on the site. The other building materials were strategically selected in order to help the house recede like a shadow into the desert floor, blending it with its environment and minimizing the obstruction of the expansive vista from the community above it. Photo: Bill Timmerman Plinth /plinTH/ (noun) A heavy base or platform upon which a structure rests. The plinth provides protection from rain and erosion to the rammed earth walls. Materials from the local river beds were also incorporated into the plinth. The architects worked the surfaces of the plinth in order to reveal the composite qualities, creating a window into the g...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2016/defined-design-desert-courtya...

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