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Damon Residence: Beating the Desert Heat with Adobe Walls and Sleek Overhangs

Everyone loves a home with a brilliant indoor-outdoor interplay that blurs the line between the interior and the world outside. But designing such a home in the arid landscape of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona presents a whole new set of problems. The open design of Damon Residence means it needs to turn to new strategies in order to combat the harsh desert conditions while retaining its contemporary appeal. This was accomplished by Kevin B Howard Architects using a unique blend of traditional adobe walls and a series of wafer-thin overhangs!

Style of the Damon Residence seems inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright design Damon Residence: Beating the Desert Heat with Adobe Walls and Sleek Overhangs

The overall silhouette of the home, which was brought to life by Berner Loftfield, definitely draws its inspiration from the timeless architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The super-slim, cantilevered roofs keep out the sun while extending the living space outdoors and giving the residence a distinct, contemporary vibe. With adobe walls bringing the native charm of the landscape indoors, one gets the impression that the comfy home is an extension of the scenery around it as pavilions, walkways and sweeping interiors flow into each other seamlessly.

Use of adobe walls allows the home to blend in with the desert landscape

Exterior of desert home with adobe walls and rusted steel panels

Stunning view of the Sonoran desert from the Damon Residence

Pool area adds both to the aesthetics and temperature control of the desert home

Entrance of the desert home with a swivel door

Design of the desert house brings the outdoors inside

Adobe walls in the living room add texture and native style

An outdoor lounge with a pool area, a Jacuzzi, a fireplace and alfresco dining encourages the homeowners to spend cooler evenings under the stars as they soak in the unabated view on offer. Décor, artwork and the color scheme used indoors complements the earthy exterior, which also showcases rusted-steel panels and large glass windows. At its core, this is a home that explores the possibility of a modern home melting into the landscape around it, and the beautiful adobe walls stand tall at the heart of this innovative approach.

Marble kitchen island and wooden shelves for the contemporary kitchen

Open spaces and large overhangs create a pleasant and cheerful living environment

Stylish indoor-outdoor interplay shapes cool Tucson home

Arid scenery around the home becomes a part of its visual

Clever use of overhangs offer protection from the harsh desert sun

Gorgeous Damon Residence in Tucson, Arizona

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