Perched on a steep ‘left-over’ lot of challenging topography and dramatic mountain views, this suburban Phoenix residence reflects the informal character of a European hill-town. Formally the architecture is structured around the ordering of orthogonal and trapezoidal plan moves, using reciprocating complementary angles. Sectionally the house raises from the street as a six leveled ‘vessel’ of sorts, along an exterior /interior staircase of site salvaged stone, crafted oak and perforated preformed galvanized steel open treads. This stair experience draws one up to the sky affording privileged views of Piestawa Peak from all the residence’s varied spaces.
The garden courtyard ‘voids’ of the house are as important as is strong ‘positive’ galvanized metal architectural forms that reference vernacular 19th Century Agricultural architecture. Inside, the clients’ diverse collection of Native American, folk and ‘found object’ and contemporary art flows seamlessly throughout the indoor/outdoor spaces and provides a personal and fine-grained texture to the residence’s bold, colorful and dramatic architecture.