Praying Monk

This home sits at the Northern side of Camelback Mountain with stunning views of the “Praying Monk” rock formation. The home is conceived as a desert escape to be used by the owners during the winter months. Sand blasted concrete block was used in combination with steel framed sliding glass doors which open the home completely up to the entry courtyard and large rear yard. Designed to last over 500 years the home was designed with passive solar overhangs that protect the glazing and exposed sandblasted masonry block, which will never require maintenance. The steel roof provides shade to the exterior walls during summer months and the South side of the home conceals a 15 KW photo voltaic system to reduce energy consumption. A butt jointed glass bridge separates the master suite from the main living spaces and creates and indoor outdoor experience for the owners as they retire to the master retreat. Low water consumption plantings used throughout the site eliminate the need for extensive irrigation. Corner windows used throughout the home capture the stunning views of the sculptural mountain to the Southwest.