Commissioned to provide both architectural and interior design services, our team was challenged to create an environment that maintains indoor and outdoor connectivity while managing privacy from adjoining lots and capturing the expansive city view. As world travelers, our clients requested a residence with an interior that could invoke their luxury experiences, while the exterior, modestly blends in with the surrounding desert context. The site, located within a hillside community of custom residences, is at the peak of the McCullough Mountain Range in Henderson, Nevada. With elevations reaching over 3,000 feet, the vista offers panoramic views of both city and fauna, framing the famed Las Vegas Strip amongst the surrounding natural foothills.
Inspiration for this project stemmed from traditional desert courtyard configurations of the past, which effectively combine privacy and environmental control in hot, arid climates. From this grew three major concepts that shaped the residence: (1) the Lens – to focus circulation and views; (2) the Garden – to connect indoor and outdoor environments; and (3) the Veil – to protect the gardens by controlling the sun, wind, light and views.