Bob's Home

about the design

Inspired after reading a 1960 magazine article about  high rise penthouse living,  Bob purchased this property within an existing canal irrigated Phoenix neighborhood for his bachelor abode . We were commissioned to remodel the property for modern living.

  • In the area of existing foundations,  we located parking for guests at a short distance from the home, offering shade and a gated entry into a private backyard-like experience in the front yard of his property.
  • Recalling the Owner’s appreciation for The Kaufman Residence (by modernist architect Richard Neutra), primary walls are arranged as a pinwheel.
  • South of the east west walls is intended for guest quarters and social living(including "Bulthaup" specifications for modern kitchen aesthetics)
  • North of the east west walls is reserved for master study, sleep, bathing, and swimming. One of our intern-architects conceived the idea of swimming through the wall that separates the social side from the  private side.
  • Privacy from adjacent surrounding neighbors is achieved with a site perimeter of layered walls and planted screening(watered by the neighborhood's historical flood irrigation system).
  • The harsh desert environment is addressed passively with long cantilevered overhangs and the primary spaces arranged linearly east to west to minimize low sun exposure and to capture the light from south reflected solar exposure.
  • This isn't just ideas. A full set of construction documents was produced for city approval  and contractor coordination.