Hidden Vallery Desert House by Wendell Burnette Architects 

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Location: Cave Creek, Arizona, USA
Area: 290 m2



Architects: Wendell Burnette Architects

Project team: Wendell Burnette , Qianyi Ye , Austin Nikkel, Rebecca Gillogly
Interior design: Wendell Burnette Architects

Photography © Bill Timmerman



This small humble house sited on a south-facing desert slope extends a prominent flow of pinkish-red schist-shale into a simple elevated plinth that parallels the contours of the site, which run east-west. Hovering above the plinth is a large shade canopy that embodies the necessary sustenance for this shelter as a home. The thickened canopy will harvest the majority of the energy and some of the water needed for a carbon neutral house, as well as housing all mechanicals. The expansive canopy is supported by a dispersed core of peripheral mass elements that minimize overall glass percentages while framing focused views for a range of indoor / outdoor living programs north, south, east, and west. The west end of the land-based plinth is inhabited as a thick cave, while the main level of the plinth is open in all directions and, at times, has no discernible distinctions between inside and outside.

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Educated in the practice of architecture through 34 years of direct experience spanning a wide range of public and private work, Mr. Burnette’s self-taught curriculum includes a three-year period at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Burnette’s eleven-year association with the studio of William Bruder culminated in a six-year design collaboration on the New Phoenix Central Library as co-designer, project architect, and field architect. He founded the studio of Wendell Burnette Architects in 1996. He is also a Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University where he has been teaching since 2000. more


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5102 N. CENTRAL AVENUE, SUITE 5
PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85012 USA
T. 602 395 1091 F. 602 395 0839


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