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2017 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom or Spec Home 4,501 - 6,000 sq. ft.


Dancing Light

Best in Region—Pacific

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Architect/Designer | Kendle Design Collaborative

Builder | Desert Star Construction

Landscape Architect/Designer | GBTwo

Interior Designer | David Michael Miller Associates

Photographer | Alexander Vertikoff

This comfortable, modern home celebrates nature while paying homage to the 180-degree, iconic mountain view. Desert form, indigenous materials, natural light and mountain views inspire the 5,600-square-foot home, which serves as a collection of related, yet separate, structures, with main areas spaced around a central atrium and connected by glass corridors. Natural light transforms the mood of the home, dancing across the fractured planes of earth and wood and providing a Zen-like calm. A key feature is the soaring roofline, which is a standing-seam, metal-and-wood structure floating on metal posts that serves as shelter from the hot desert sun.

From the Judges
Spectacular; no brainer; the roof is everything, with its floating characteristics and the use of solids and voids; takes indoor-outdoor relationship to the limit; the roof visually lifts off the stone base; this is “getting it right”; that’s how you do it; love the front entry; forms of walls and glass are great.

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