kevin B howard architects has completed ‘house in sabino springs’, a pristine box that seems to have landed in the desert of tucson, arizona. the architects sought to design a home that would take advantage of the boundless vistas, while protecting the owner’s carefully curated collection of art and modernist furniture.

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the design strategy includes the placement of major living spaces on the upper floor, which reduces the building’s footprint and construction impact. arizona-based firm kevin B howard architects was careful to preserve the desert environment, which can be seen by the surgical location around and within the numerous saguaros on the site.

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the inclusion of gallery space and its appropriate protective measures overlaid the architectural program. miesian glass walls were replaced with a studied array of spotless shadow boxes protecting deeply recessed glass panes. the interior staircase acts as a tectonic centerpiece, contrasting the formal execution of the main atrium while matching its clarity and refinement in detailing. the atrium houses the client’s art collection and connects the upper and lower floors of the residence.

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kevin b howard architects
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kevin b howard architects
image © robin stancliff photography

kevin b howard architects
image © robin stancliff photography

kevin b howard architects
image © robin stancliff photography

kevin b howard architects
image © winquist photography

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