On an arid site with mountain views in Scottsdale, Arizona, Marmol Radziner designed a winter retreat to heighten awareness of the desert landscape.
Woven into the fabric of the Sonoran Desert landscape, this winter retreat surrounded by natural vistas provides ample interior and exterior recreational spaces that are compatible with the extreme climate of the region.
To the north of the home is Pinnacle Peak and to the south is the McDowell Mountain Range. In springtime, two natural washes flood the rocky terrain, informing both the form and location of the home. Passing through a stone wall into a garden of native desert succulents, a pedestrian pathway ushers visitors into the home’s entry and main living area.
A series of terraced volumes bridge existing stretches of shallow water and preserve the existing site topography. Like a “modern pavilion,” horizontal roof planes and raised decks allow the living room to expand into the landscape.