IBARRA ROSANO

DESIGN ARCHITECTS

2008: Citation Award by AIA Southern Arizona 

2008: Citation Award by AIA Arizona 

2005: National Concrete Masonry Association "Award of Excellence" 

2004: National Custom Home Merit Award 

2003: AIA Arizona "Home of the Year"

2003: Architectural Record "House of the Month" August 

2002: "Best of the Best" for Architecture under 5000 sq ft Nationally

2002: 3 Gold National and Arizona Home Book Awards 

2002: AIA Southern Arizona "Home of the Year"

2002: Arizona Masonry Guild "Gold Trowel Award" 

Awards

Garcia Residence

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Year Completed: 2001

Square Footage: 2150 sq ft

Photographer: Bill Timmerman

Contractor: Repp McClain

The challenges of a difficult site can either be seen as a liability or an asset, depending on your outlook. 

These sites often yield very exciting designs if you respect the "rules" of the land. Harnessing the energy and spatial qualities existing on site, the axis of the house is set parallel to the site contours so that the house’s program could be organized into three narrow terraces that gradually climb up the hill. Each terrace contains one of the three zones of the house: living, circulating, and sleeping.

Our strategy was to design a structure that appears to grow out of the hill, like a habitable outcropping with vertical and horizontal fissures to provide both prospect and refuge.