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2020 Award Winners



Outdoor Room


Outdoor Space


Oro Valley, Arizona

Architect/Designer | Soloway Designs Inc.

Builder | Madan Builders

Landscape Architect/Designer | Soloway Designs Inc.

Interior Designer | Celaya|Soloway Interiors LLC

Photographer | Kurt Munger Photography

The rugged desert setting inspired this Desert Modern home.  The views of native flora and canyon walls are amazing from sunrise to sunset. Outdoor living is, therefore, a priority. The multi-level patio, covered in porcelain tile, was designed for contemplating and entertaining. Notice that the four elemental categories — earth, wind, water, and fire — are satisfied. The covered rear patio extends across the home, its cantilevered roof providing unobstructed views with a single pair of inverted  L-shaped steel supports.

A few steps down, the negative-edge pool and an outdoor kitchen are framed with natural boulders from the site. One unique entertainment feature: a TV that pops up from underground storage and swivels 360 degrees. From a sustainability perspective, the space takes a xeriscape approach to blend new landscape elements with boulders from the site to match natural desert surroundings.

From the Judges
The judges praised the multiple outdoor zones. The roof transitions are well done between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

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