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Downing Residence

"Our design approach is to search for the inevitable solution, reducing elements to their essence without being preoccupied with being minimal." Says Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, through their design for the Downing Residence.

By: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Architecture-Page | Downing Residence by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
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.

Architecture-Page | Downing Residence by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
A custom lap pool echoes the blue of the Tucson sky.

Architecture-Page | Downing Residence by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
The gallery of the second pavilion is filled with natural light.

Architecture-Page | Downing Residence by Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
A great room houses the kitchen, dining and living rooms.

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