The concept of the house emerged directly out of the brief which was thankfully laid out very clearly. The Western side of the house is mainly for guest and service spaces. The Eastern part houses the family/living, master bedroom and kitchen/dining space. These two areas are connected by the foyer entry with the study flanked on one side. This entry space directly opens out to the North views extending out into the portico. The sliding doors of the family/living and bedrooms open out to this portico, where the spa and fire pit are located.
The main house has a single car garaged attached. This is connected through a separate access via the mudroom. The upper floor consists of the bedrooms, game room and meditation room with generous terraces and balconies opening out from the bedrooms. To reduce the footprint of the house it made more sense to have two guest rooms on top.
We are proposing a Rammed Earth construction which will naturally camouflage with the surrounding and harmoniously blend with the landscape. Rammed Earth walls naturally act as good thermal insulators and work well both during cold and hot climate. The front of the house has smaller openings, with all the views directed towards the North and North-East side.
Thus the concept manages to separate the private spaces from the guest and service spaces, along with maximum views. The study also gets a good view along with the breakfast nook adjacent to the kitchen. The private garden next to the master bedroom is again located North-East and the bathroom with the shower and Spa have generous views through fogged glass encasings.
The portico becomes the highlight of the house with a well shaded courtyard-like space which is approached from under the sky-light entry. It becomes a spill out space from all sides of the house and extends out towards the Northern landscape.
The concept hopes to unite and yet maintain the vitality of each space, merging with the desert landscape of Arizona, creating a peaceful yet playful house to live in.