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2020 Award Winners



Outdoor Room


Tonal Harmony

Room of the Year

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Architect/Designer | Drewett Works

Builder | Argue Custom Homes

Landscape Architect/Designer | Refined Gardens

Interior Designer | Ownby Design

Photographer | Dino Tonn

With the goal of creating a tranquil retreat, the architect sought to embrace outdoor views and spaces. Public and outdoor spaces are composed of stone-clad massing elements that open via pocketing glass doors and convert into a desert pavilion. Every room opens to exterior spaces, dramatically embracing the natural environment.

A challenge of the site included washes that traversed the lot. The pool played a large role in containment. The guest house cantilevers over one of the washes. The guest house also has a lower volume, providing a distinct communal and intimate sense. From the casita, guests look back across the architecture and absorb the indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces, which include outdoor dining and kitchen. The pool, a compromise between her desire for a lap pool and his desire for a play pool, includes an integrated fire pit, providing activity and enjoyment for the entire family. The owner request for a covered upper terrace created great challenges due to local codes and ordinances. But the resulting space, visible from the front of the home, is warm and welcoming and a favorite spot to watch the sun set.

From the Judges
The judges praised the strong, linear shape that is connected to the entire house. The landscape provides a seamless transition between the interior and exterior. The fire-and-water combination feature is cool. The outside is zoned and designed well as separates, yet still very well tied together.

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