Architect/Designer | SWABACK PLLC
Builder | 180 Degrees
Interior Designer | SWABACK PLLC
Photographer | Dino Tonn Photography
The Moongate residence seemingly rises out of the red rocks, its curving glass walls strategically placed to capture nearby mountain views and other landmarks. Two half-circle wings, joined by a rectangular entryway and gallery, includes swooping roof overhangs, canted to shade windows and balconies during the summer while allowing winter sun to flood the interior. While the house has a large footprint, the approach to the site does not reveal this. The house is situated in such a manner that its size is not fully realized until one is inside.
The foyer’s glass staircase, suspended by steel rods, is the home’s pièce de résistance, an engineering feat that makes the crystalline treads appear as though they are floating up past a wall of windows. The dwelling’s circular motif is echoed in the floor, custom door, and lighting element in a foyer off the garage. At the home’s entryway, the stacked sandstone base, invisibly mortared, gives the effect that the structure was built into an escarpment. Inside, a second-story glass floor above the front door allows the homeowner to peer down at visitors. The placement of windows and captured views provide 270 degree views with the feeling that the experience is completely private.A wall by the entrance from the garage is clad in backlit onyx. In the kitchen, the custom cabinetry is suspended via a steel frame from beneath the granite counters, allowing the fixtures to float above the floor.