Studio Rick Joy’s Desert Nomad House seamlessly blends with the rugged Arizona desert, creating an immersive and enchanting experience. The three interconnected square volumes of the residence are nestled within a secluded land formation, offering mesmerizing views of the surrounding landscape adorned with majestic cacti.
Each primary space in the house is strategically oriented to provide a unique perspective and a profound connection to the environment.
The living room offers a breathtaking southwest view of a rugged rock hill, illuminated by the setting sun’s golden light. The foreground showcases the enchanting colors of the reverse sunset, beautifully bathing the Santa Catalina mountains. At night, the distant city lights of Tucson create a captivating panorama.
In the bedroom, the rising sun illuminates a stunning rock face atop the Tucson mountains, creating a majestic sight that crowns the surrounding saguaros and ocotillo. In the intimate den, a thoughtfully crafted aperture frames nearby rocks and saguaros, showcasing nature’s artistry.
The three volumes of the Desert Nomad House are elevated and independent, connected by desert footpaths that emphasize the intentional seclusion of the residence. The elevated design allows water and animals to move freely beneath them, preserving the untouched landscape. The exterior of each volume features elegant plate steel, blending contemporary aesthetics with the natural environment. Inside, maple veneer walls provide warmth and natural beauty. The meticulous installation of materials highlights the applied nature of the facade, with ventilated air space behind the steel cladding enabling efficient heat dissipation. This design approach pays homage to nature’s logic while subtly acknowledging human intervention.
Photo Copyright: Jeff Goldberg, Bill Timmerman