This desert house for a family of four is integrated into a site high in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Line and Space acted as architect and builder for the home which closely follows the steep topography of the site. As with other Line and Space projects, a strategy was implemented to reduce the impact of construction on the site, preserving nearly all existing vegetation. The house includes large areas of covered outdoor space and two evaporatively cooled tempered exterior microclimates designed to extend usability of outdoor spaces and eliminate the need for cooling additional interior space. Hidden troughs at ground level allow harvesting of roof top water without the maintenance problems associated with gutters.
The project has received numerous honors from the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region, Arizona Chapter (Arizona Public Service Energy Award), and the Arizona Masonry Guild.