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"
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.