Movie offers virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has released a movie online that tours a digital recreation of the architect’s Taliesin West in Arizona, allowing architecture enthusiasts to explore the desert complex remotely. The organisation teamed up with surveying company Leica Geosystems to create the short virtual film of Taliesin West – the desert retreat that Wright

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Le Cabanon, A Secluded Vacation Home

Framed views of overhead skies and the local dazzling beaches make this family holiday home designed by Tuscan-based firm Rick Joy Architects, a thing of Providenciales beauty.
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Paolo Soleri exhibition at SMoCA celebrates the architect’s visionary ideas and legacy

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a retrospective of work by the late, local architect Paolo Soleri, from craft objects to plans for vast eco-cities. Curator Claire Carter has picked out her highlights for Dezeen. The exhibition, Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature, comprehensively summarises the breadth of Soleri’s art, architecture and design

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“Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes?”

If sprawling desert metropolises like Phoenix, Arizona, are going to survive an increasingly scorching climate, they will require a different kind of sustainable urbanism than typical cities, says Aaron Betsky. Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes? In his 2015 book, The Water Knife, the author Paolo Bacigalupi imagines a future Valley of

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Living spaces extend into the desert at Arizona home by The Construction Zone

Phoenix architecture firm The Construction Zone has completed a house in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, taking full advantage of the arid climate with living spaces both inside and out. The Alber Residence measures 3,500 square feet (325 square metres), laid out on a single level, and includes four bedrooms. Sited on a roughly triangular lot, the

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Sandstone and metal louvres wrap massive student housing complex in Arizona

American architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz took cues from the colours and textures of the Sonoran Desert while designing this giant residential facility in Phoenix, for engineering students at Arizona State University. Highly visible from a main thoroughfare, the seven-storey Tooker House is situated on ASU’s main campus in Tempe, which is part of the Phoenix

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Sculptural Arizona research building takes cues from desert topography

CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross have completed a copper-clad laboratory complex in downtown Phoenix that evokes jagged and striated rock formations found in the American Southwest. The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building is part of a 28-acre (11-hectare) medical and bioscience campus in the city’s urban core. Other new buildings on the campus include a cancer

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Bill Gates plans smart city in Arizona desert

Tech billionaire Bill Gates has invested in a huge patch of land west of Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of building a new smart city. Mt Lemmon Holdings – an affiliate of Gates’ firm Cascade Investment – has paid $80,000 for a stake in almost 25,000 acres of unpopulated desert. The area is reportedly earmarked

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Arizona horse barn transformed into desert guest house by The Construction Zone

Concrete walls that once enclosed horse stalls are now used as room dividers in this modern guest house by The Construction Zone, a design-build firm in Phoenix. The Barn Guest House is located on a large property in Phoenix dotted with cacti, boulders and desert trees. The adaptive reuse project entailed transforming an existing concrete

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A-I-R creates oasis around central living spaces at Arizona desert house

Patterned brick walls define this Arizona home by A-I-R Architects, providing residents with a variety of indoor and outdoor living spaces amongst the desert landscape. Located in Paradise Valley, an affluent town near Phoenix, Ghost Wash House encompasses 8,500 square feet (790 square metres) and contains three bedrooms. A detached pool house also has its

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The Ranch Mine modernises mission-style architecture for Canal House in Phoenix

Phoenix architecture studio The Ranch Mine based this canal-side home on the missions built in the American West over 200 years ago. Canal House is aptly named for its location on the 181-mile channel that brings water into the suburbs of northern Phoenix. The waterway was first created over 2,000 years ago, then rebuilt for modern

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Student builds pavilion on campus of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school

Architecture student Jaime Inostroza has built a tiny pavilion on the campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, offering occupants framed views of the Arizona desert. Inostroza recently graduated from the architecture school – previously called the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – which is based at a house designed by the prolific American architect in Scottsdale. Inostroza was one of

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Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix donated to Taliesin architecture school

A house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son has become part of the architecture school founded by the American architect 85 years ago. The David and Gladys Wright House was built in the Arcadia neighbourhood of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1952. The building has now been donated to the School of Architecture at Taliesin – ending years of speculation

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed Taliesin West as a desert retreat for himself and his students

Today is the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, and we’ve been marking the occasion all week by looking back at his most important projects. Next up is the American architect’s desert home and studio in Arizona, which serves as a campus for the architecture school he founded. Completed in 1937, Taliesin West was built to accompany Wright’s home and studio Taliesin,

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Limestone walls define sequence of courtyards at Arizona desert home by MASAstudio

This stone villa in Arizona by Los Angeles architect Marwan Al-Sayed was conceived as a succession of interior and exterior spaces that are organised around a central courtyard. Stone Court Villa is a four-bedroom residence located in the rugged landscape of Paradise Valley. Al-Sayed described the sequence of spaces that make up the home as “a rhythm

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Accessible Arizona home by Ibarraro Rosano is lifted above the desert landscape

American studio Ibarraro Rosano Design Architects has elevated parts of this family dwelling off the parched ground in response to the client’s request for no steps. The Levin Residence is located in Marana, a southern Arizona town with a history of farming and ranching. Stretched across a rugged desert site, the single-story dwelling features a

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Blank Studio proposes fibre canopies for sun-drenched Arizona streets

A scheme to convert roadways in Phoenix into car-free and plant-filled corridors shaded by woven canopies has won first place in a design competition. Designed by local firm Blank Studio Design + Architecture, the plan calls for transforming existing streets in Phoenix – a desert city in Arizona where summer temperatures regularly climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

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The Ranch Mine clads Phoenix townhouses in brick, stucco and weathering steel

US studio The Ranch Mine has completed a residential development in central Phoenix that consists of a pair of matching buildings, each containing five spacious townhouses. Called Uptown Row, the development comprises 10 units that were built on a 0.71-acre (2,873-square-metre) site that formerly was a dilapidated parking lot. The project is designed to straddle the line “between

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ZGF wraps Arizona medical facility in layer of creased metal panels

American firm ZGF Architects has completed a cancer centre in downtown Phoenix with a faceted, copper-coloured screen that evokes the scaly skin of a desert reptile (+ slideshow). The University of Arizona Cancer Center is located on a 28-acre (11 hectares) medical and bioscience campus in the city’s urban core. It is the first clinical facility More

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Chen + Suchart extends historic Arizona home with metal-clad gabled addition

US firm Chen + Suchart Studio has renovated and expanded a 1930s dwelling in Phoenix, Arizona, adding a metal-clad volume with a window wall and a pointy roof (+ slideshow). Called the Escobar Renovation, the project entailed updating and enlarging an existing home in the city’s downtown area. The dwelling is situated in a 1930s-era neighbourhood known as More

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Museum of the West by Studio Ma features walls made of textured concrete

US firm Studio Ma has drawn inspiration from horseshoes, woven baskets and rugged landscapes for its design of a Western heritage museum in the metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona (+ slideshow). The Museum of the West is located in downtown Scottsdale, a suburban city known for its upscale homes and golf courses. Also located there is Taliesin More

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Ennead completes law school in revitalised area of downtown Phoenix

US firm Ennead has completed a new law school in central Phoenix, with sandstone cladding and open-air sky bridges that connect two wings (+ slideshow). Called the Beus Center for Law and Society, the academic building is located on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus in downtown Phoenix, in a newly invigorated area with retail space, More

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Five of the best houses in Arizona on Dezeen

We’re heading to Arizona for this week’s roundup of American houses from different states, where a rammed-earth retreat near the Mexican border and a white concrete house in the desert are among our top five (+ slideshow). Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette Architects Rammed-earth walls built using desert soil are wrapped in a protective weathered steel More

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DUST uses “lava-crete” to create monolithic desert house in Arizona

Arizona studio DUST has created a desert home south of Tucson using volcanic residue to form rammed-earth walls (+ slideshow). The house, named Casa Caldera, sits at a high altitude in the Canelo Hills of Southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley. It is made up of two solid volumes symmetrically organised around a central void. One contains the living More

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A Cuboid Home Reflecting The Desert

Chen + Suchart Studio have built the 280 sq m ‘Staab residence’ in the desert landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona.
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A Converted Silo House By Christoph Kaiser

Arizona-based architect and product designer Christoph Kaiser converted a mid-century steel-wall grain silo into a house. Located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix’s up-and-coming Garfield Historic District, the Silo House is restricted to a 230 sq ft footprint and a 340 sq ft total livable space. The main challenge faced by the architects was to offer the typical functions of […]

Höweler + Yoon creates canopy of folded metal plates for urban park in Phoenix

Boston studio Höweler + Yoon has stitched together steel modules to form a faceted canopy that shades an urban pocket park in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona (+ slideshow). Called Shadow Play, the powder-coated steel structure is composed of clusters of geometric modules that are thin but structurally rigid. The clusters – held up by vertical supports […]

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Desert hideaway built among the ruins of an old miner’s shelter in Arizona

The remains of a former miner’s residence in the Arizona desert provided the foundations for this tiny steel and concrete retreat by designer David Frazee (+ slideshow). Miner’s Shelter is a single-room dwelling added among the ruins of a 1980s shelter for a copper miner in the desert around Taliesin West, the house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright 30 miles from […]
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Aaron Betsky named dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

News: critic and curator Aaron Betsky has been appointed head of the design school founded by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Betsky, formerly director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, was appointed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation – responsible for funding the school, as well as the maintenance of Lloyd Wright’s archive and the Taliesin […]
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