Desert Outpost in Paradise Valley / Jones Studio

Desert Outpost in Paradise Valley Jones Studio

Desert Outpost is a private residence designed by Jones Studio in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Project description: The site slopes in three directions; it is a desert knoll. Linear forms, assuming they are long enough, will inherently emphasize the shape of the landscape by contrasting a level parapet with the sloping topography. The home is a simple collection of rectangular pods linked by a covered exterior path. Each pod can be turned on or off – living, sleeping or working. This perspective on using energy only when needed is underscored with a 13.7 kW rooftop photovoltaic array.

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The program included a lap pool. This linear element finds directional purpose in its alignment with the 6 million year old Papago Peak six miles away and the center line of the main entry door!

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Who doesn’t relate to the old barn, the wood ruin? There is a beautiful honesty in relinquishing architecture to the uncompromising reality of nature. If the intentions are sincere the architecture will only get better.

Architects: Jones Studio
Project: Desert Outpost
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona, US
Area: 371 sqm / 4,000 sq ft
Builder: Construction Zone Ltd
Photography: Bill Timmerman

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