Tucson, Arizona 2009
Located at the edge of Tucson at the base of the Santa Clarita Mountains, this project blends seamlessly with its Sonoran Desert landscape. The walls are made from compressed earth block, mixed from the soil found on the site. Large windows face the north for steady even light throughout the day, and smaller windows are strategically placed to frame views of the surrounding dessert landscape. A rusting steel roof hangs dramatically over the two southern facing walls, shielding them from the sun, keeping the earthen walls cool throughout the day. The interior contains a single, open 350 square foot space that is used as an office and creative workspace.