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Light, warm and cool design at Dialogue House, Arizona


Arizona-based architectural practice Wendell Burnette Architects have designed the Dialogue House project. The luxury property is located near Phoenix, Arizona.

According to the architects: “Two volumes of light – one warm and one cool – one projected to the expansive horizon and one toward the canopy of the desert sky. Inspired by John Van Dyke’s ruminations on the phenomena of desert light specifically ‘coloured air’ and ‘reflected light’ in his 1907 book titled The Desert – Further Studies in Natural Appearances. The 2,200 sf Dialogue House is a gestalt instrument for touching the full range and specificity of this light, this ‘place’ – day and night, season to season and year to year.

“At the base of Echo Mountain (amidst an eclectic jumble of 1950s/60s ranch bungalows) the main living volume is elevated above work, guest, and the car, furthest from the street on a lateral pinwheel brace of charcoal masonry walls that extend cardinally capturing the site. This well-shaded volume is  projected south toward the South Mountain and Sierra Estrella Mountain ranges far across the Phoenix basin and the downtown skyline.”

Images courtesy of Bill Timmerman


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 18, 2013 | Property | View comments

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