Dancing Light House / Kendle Design Collaborative

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  • Architects: Kendle Design Collaborative
  • Location: Paradise Valley, United States
  • Lead Architects: Brent Kendle
  • Interior Designer: David Michael Miller
  • Landscape Architect: GBtwo Landscape Architects
  • Builder: Desert Star Construction
  • Area: 5600.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Alexander Vertikoff
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Text description provided by the architects. Desert form, indigenous materials, natural light and mountain views inspire this home. Layered walls of rammed-earth, metal, concrete and glass create a playful collection of organic forms within a natural desert setting while visually articulating the various functions within.

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The signature feature of this home is its floating roof canopy, the underside of which is comprised of tectonic-like forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this canopy balances the owner’s desire for both grandeur and coziness, starting low within the interior living spaces and raising dramatically towards

© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff
Site Plan
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© Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff
180 degree mountain view. All lighting and mechanical devises are carefully concealed within the fissures of this feature allowing the form and materials to be the focus.

© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff

Passive features include interior spaces arranged about a central outdoor atrium, allowing modulation of daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.

© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff
Site Plan Site Plan
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Natural light brings this home to life, seeping in through carefully articulated crevices or reflecting off the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the mood of this home. At times water-reflected light dances across the fractured planes of earth and wood while at other times it provides a Zen-like sense of calm.

© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff
© Alexander Vertikoff © Alexander Vertikoff
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