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2020 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

On-the-Boards Single-Family Custom Home


Ventana Canyon


Tucson, Arizona

Architect/Designer | Soloway Designs Inc.

Landscape Architect/Designer | Soloway Designs Inc.

Interior Designer | Celaya|Soloway Interiors LLC

Photographer | Soloway Designs Inc.

Surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains and isolated from other homes, this residence appears to float within its environment. The client’s vision is biophilic, a home seamless with this amazing environment — modern and dynamic, yet having simple lines. Flying roofs and huge cantilevers — not only in the roofs, but at the house and patios — present a floating, yet natural effect that mimics the surrounding rock outcroppings.

The home is suspended above a creek 30 feet below. The pool, with its three-sided infinity edge, is the visual connection between the home and the creek. This can be seen not only from the drive into the home, but from all the main rooms through slanted glass window walls; an example of view architecture.  The clients can enjoy 360-degree sunsets, enhanced with a choice from the wine cellar, accessed through a hidden door in the floor of the great room. The auto court and garages are under the home and a temperature-controlled aquarium greets guests at the exterior entry stairs. Solar orientation, low-E glazing, and low-maintenance building materials, including steel, stone, cement board, and metal panels, address sustainability and maintainability.

From the Judges
The judges said the home is “pushing the envelope for on-the-boards,” doing something new on siting and approach. It has a thoughtful arrival sequence, stretches out into the landscape and transitions from upper to lower levels very well. “Clever.”

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