Industrial glass doors swing open to the desert surrounds of this Arizona home – conceived as an architectural dialogue with the earth.
‘The House of Doors’ (as 100016 E Relic Rock Road 17 is nicknamed) was conceived by architect Wendell Burnette as a functional sculpture where spaces can adapt, adjust and embrace the desert landscape and its arid climate.
Says the architect: ‘The concept very early on was a solid form that’s cracked open to let in light and air, while remaining secluded and serene.’
A courtyard chasm is at the heart of the 7,000 sq ft complex. While wholly hidden from outside eyes, this oasis is visible across the interior via floor-to-ceiling glass, with glimpses of indigenous Sonoran plants (cacti and bush) and a ribbon of sky.
The House of Doors took 12 years to complete and was constructed 18 inches at a time. Its rammed-earth walls passively cool the property and are inset with onyx and precision cutouts to create dramatic shadow-play and support an origami metal ceiling.
Stainless steel in the kitchen continues the industrial feel, while a 65-ft-long glass-bottomed bridge connects the three bedroom suites.
Amenities include a library and office, fitness room, spa and wet bar. Outside is equally impressive with an Arrow Rock firepit and sunken conversation pit. Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing for the unique slice of desert modernism, which is for sale for the first time at $6.995m.