Dancing Light, Arizona
Project Name: Dancing Light, Arizona
Location: Paradise Valley Arizona United States
Architectural Firm: Kendle Design Collaborative
Architect/Designer: Brent Kendle
Project Year: 2016
Project Area: 5600 sq.m.
Image Courtesy: Kendle Design Collaborative
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.
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 the 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.
Passive features include interior spaces arranged about a central outdoor atrium, allowing modulation of daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.
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.
Kendle Design Collaborative, located in Scottsdale Arizona, is an internationally acclaimed architectural firm specializing in regionally inspired modern design. Our designs are not defined by imported historic styles or the latest fashion trends, but instead are born exclusively of our clients’ unique program needs, their values and the spirit of the land they have chosen to call home. We strive to create designs that are an authentic reflection of their unique place and time.