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The chic Cedar Street Residence, Arizona, US


Arizona-based interior designers and architects coLAB Studio have completed their own home. Completed in 2010, founders Matthew Salenger and Maria Salenger designed the contemporary home in Tempe, Arizona, US.

According to the architects: “The brief was to renovate a 1954 bungalow property in Tempe, Arizona. A tight budget necessitates simplicity and efficiency.

The contemporary Arizona property is has a large central courtyard and the property is flexible and also transformable.

“The existing house was completely gutted. Three new walls positioned. Four mobile wardrobes added, each with a built-in door. Bedrooms may be created or taken away as needed. Re-used steel frames and decking create new entry and patios.

” A new mobile millwork separates the great room (kitchen, dining, living) from the studio. When entertaining, the millwork moves east to create a lovely south-facing dining/living space. If the studio grows, the millwork moves west. Multiple locations for power/data/speaker connections in the floor for millwork placement.

“Operable shade along the south façade reduces heat gain and balances light each day, becomes a giant lantern for the courtyard each night.

“All spaces view into courtyard surrounded by translucent, reflective glass. Surrounding landscape paints shadows on glazing each day, courtyard expands to infinity each night.”

Images courtesy of Bill Timmerman

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February 6, 2013 | Property | View comments

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