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It tempers the desert climate. And it's fun.

BY FAR THE MOST "organic" of the award winners, this house drew mixed reviews for its pueblo-style architecture, but few could deny the style is honestly expressed and "fun."

As juror Jones put it, "It's a good example of styled architecture being elevated beyond the cliche."

"The house doesn't take itself too seriously," added Morrall. "Its roughneck execution gives it charm, while the tall volumes and the way it opens to the garden add spatial excitement."

The house also goes a long way to temper the desert climate. Thick walls have stucco and foam over concrete block; a misting system runs in the afternoons; retractable skylights vent hot air; heavy masses of stone are used in the floor and fireplace. A fountain splashes near the entry, becomes a small stream and trickles toward the front door, disappears, then reappears at the other side of the house. All combine to lower the temperature.

Deep overhangs and shadecloth awnings strung between the roof and a meandering wing wall also contribute to the oasis-like atmosphere.

The house feels larger than its 2,200 feet, thanks to wooden window walls on both levels that slide open to the garden, the scale of the timbers, and the two-story living room volume accentuated by a tall, stacked stone fireplace and sunken conversation pit.
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Title Annotation:1991-1992 Western Home Awards
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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