kendle design collaborative forms a house from concrete blocks in the arizona desert

kendle design collaborative forms a house from concrete blocks in the arizona desert

architecture practice, kendle design collaborative, has completed a bold yet minimal residence situated amongst the desert landscape of troon north in scottsdale, arizona. the building, constructed from concrete blocks, appears to rise from the ground while also providing a stark contrast against the organic softness of the natural environment.

images courtesy of kendle design collaborative


the external architectural expression of the troon north house can be characterized by the sharp, geometric concrete walls accented with dark metal elements and panes of glazing. the forms created by kendle design appear as a series of extrusions, rising from the desert floor. the architecture is also extended into the landscape through the use of low garden walls using the same concrete materiality. these walls act to complement the landscape while also providing privacy to residents.



upon entering the tall volume of the foyer, a connection to the picturesque desert is made through a soaring two-story window. the floor plan of the scheme is carefully organized to shield being overlooked from the neighboring properties, while an ample wall of retracting glass choreographs the flow of air and light, allowing the home to become an extension of nature. outdoor recreational spaces, sheltered by deep cantilevered roofs, are framed by the low concrete block walls to maintain continuous visibility to the desert context.



the terrace provides a peaceful platform for watching the sunset give way to the twilight skies and sparkling lights of downtown in the distance. window fenestration is articulated to compose a succession of desert scenes as one travels upstairs: framed views prompt one to ascend the walnut stairs, quick glimpses to the remote horizon redirect one to peer into the master bathroom, then expansive views reward one with an all-encompassing tranquility in the master bedroom.



project info:


project name: ‘troon modern’

project location: scottsdale, arizona, the U.S.

architecture: kendle design collaborative


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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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