Overlooking the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding Mojave Desert, Horizon House is designed to reflect the region’s natural topography by using rammed earth as the primary material. Sited on a triangular lot with a steeply sloped hillside offering vast views of the valley, the home is divided into two primary wings that separate the main bedrooms from an intimate guest suite. The outstretched wings frame a private landscape while blocking the intense west exposure and northern winter winds.
The home’s textures, colors and materials blend seamlessly with the surrounding desert. The 2-0” thick rammed earth walls are exposed on both sides and extend from the interior into the landscape, connecting indoor spaces to the patios and courtyard. A blend of two local soils was used to create the earthen walls, resulting in a warm, natural material that defines the home’s identity while creating high performance thermal mass that responds to the specific diurnal swings of the Mojave Desert.
Nestled up against one of the rammed earth walls, the glass and weathered steel great room pavilion anchors the site and opens to a shaded pool, a covered patio, a small landscaped courtyard and the views beyond. Located between the rammed earth walls, the more intimate spaces: family room, kitchen and support spaces offer a foil to the glass and steel pavilion and frame discreet views to the desert landscape.