wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert

Telescope House by Wendell Burnette settles in Sedona

 

Telescope House by Wendell Burnette Architects is a 1600 sf dwelling strategically integrated into Sedona‘s high-desert landscape. Designed as a quarterly retreat, short-term rental, and permanent residence, the structure discreetly nestles within the existing footprint, bordered by 400-year-old Juniper trees framing Cathedral Rock. A land-based telescope, clad in weathering steel, extends toward the view, forming a telescopic-tube-hall that provides glimpses of the Cathedral while connecting private areas. The planimetric layout incorporates private/storage cabinets, merging with floors and ceilings to frame and draw the ever-changing view inward. Designed to recede into the landscape as a dark shadow the house’s interior interacts with natural light conditions and contributes to the home’s unobtrusive presence within the dark-sky-valley.

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
all images by Jason Roehner

 

 

corten steel and Recycled wood make up Telescope House

 

Environmentally, the design by Wendell Burnette Architects prioritizes sustainability with a compact layout, corten cladding for fireproofing, and strategically shaded glass. The heating strategy includes a pellet stove, passive solar gain, and a future south-facing photovoltaic field. Recycled wood-dust panels with dark pigment contribute to interior finishes, as two artworks etched within showcase solar-noon-south-facing analemma and solstice/lunistice mirrored timelines. Telescope House harmoniously inhabits the serene valley, honoring the unique bucolic character of its surroundings with a low-impact, enduring architectural presence.

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
clad in weathering steel, Telescope House extends towards iconic Cathedral Rock

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
telescopic-tube-hall connects private areas, offering glimpses of the landscape

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
the structure discreetly nestles within the existing footprint, bordered by 400-year-old Juniper trees

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
recycled dark wood-dust panels enhance the interior reflecting the sunset’s colors

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the planimetric layout frames and draws the ever-changing view inward

wendell burnette architects' telescope house clad in steel blends with arizona's desert
hall from the carport to the living area reveals a series of concealed rooms behind stepped door panels

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a land-based telescope, clad in weathering steel, extends toward the view

 

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view from South
view from South
car entry into West end
car entry into West end
Telescope House plan and section
Telescope House plan and section
stepped/lapping corten cladding 'filet' layout
stepped/lapping corten cladding 'filet' layout

project info:

 

name: Telescope House
architect: Wendell Burnette Architects | @wendellburnettearchitects

design principal: Wendell Burnette

design team: Jared Abraham, Joby Dutton, Brandan Siebrecht

structural engineer: Rudow + Berry. inc

lighting designer: Creative Designs in Lighting

electrical engineer: Woodward Engineering
contractor: Roots Design Build
subcontractors: CMCW, EKR Heating and Cooling, Tech Integrated, Tryland Homes, Falcon Designs, North Horizon Plumbing, Paramount Flooring, Pur Solar, Arterra Inc.

location: Sedona, Arizona, USA

area: 149 sqm

photography: Jason Roehner

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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