Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007
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The carefully nested desert dwelling is organized between existing saguaros.
Words from the Architect
The Downing Residence is a carefully nested desert dwelling on a hillside west of Tucson organized between existing saguaros. The 3500 square foot design splits the floor plan into three smaller pavilion-like footprints in order to rest more gently between areas of dense vegetation. From a distance, the Downing Residence is barely discernable from its east-facing mountainside backdrop. The structure blends with the surrounding rock outcroppings as each of its three volumes sit reverently within a grove of saguaro that dot the hillside.
A custom lap pool echoes the blue of the Tucson sky.
The gallery of the second pavilion is filled with natural light.
A great room houses the kitchen, dining and living rooms.
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