Wendell Burnette Architects

Wendell Burnette Architects

Phoenix, AZ


Hidden Valley Desert House

This small humble house sited on a south-facing desert slope extends a prominent flow of pinkish-red schist-shale into a simple elevated plinth that parallels the contours of the site, which run east-west. Hovering above the plinth is a large shade canopy that embodies the necessary sustenance for this shelter as a home. The thickened canopy will harvest the majority of the energy and some of the water needed for a carbon neutral house, as well as housing all mechanicals. The expansive canopy is supported by a dispersed core of peripheral mass elements that minimize overall glass percentages while framing focused views for a range of indoor /   outdoor living programs north, south, east, and west. The west end of the land-based plinth is inhabited as a thick cave, while the main level of the plinth is open in all directions and, at times, has no discernible distinctions between inside and outside.

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Status: Built
Location: Cave Creek, Arizona, USA
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Consultants: Rudow + Berry, Inc. (Structural Engineer); Otterbein Engineering (Mechanical / Plumbing Engineer); Woodward Engineering (Electrical Engineer); Creative Design in Lighting (Lighting Design);
SSE (Civil Engineer); Wendell Burnette Architects (Interior Design)
General Contractor: Verge Design Build – Joby Dutton, Mike Alexander
Photography: Bill Timmerman