House on the Edge of a Mountain Preserve

Phoenix, Arizona
Residential 4,930 SF
Interiors KQ Architects

The design is routed in the uniqueness of its place on the edge between suburban development and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The spaces of the home are located on the site to minimize disruption and maximize enjoyment of the setting. On the south, the house opens to the mountain and the natural desert environment. On the north, a walled courtyard provides a transition from public streets to domestic privacy.


The design “has created an eloquent relationship between house and land.”

— Sunset Magazine

Architecture is integrated with landscape. The butterfly roof lifts up to capture mountain views. It also harvests rainwater which flows from long scuppers to concrete cisterns at each end. The cisterns are fountains when it rains and holding ponds which slowly release water to planting areas.


Exterior materials flow inside. Deep overhangs keep summer sun out but allow winter sun in to warm the thermal mass of the insulated masonry walls and concrete floors.

Awards + Publications

  • Homes of the Year – AIA Arizona, 2002
  • Case Study, NCARB Energy Conscious Design, 2001
  • Citation Award – AIA-Sunset Magazine Western Homes Competition, 2000
  • HGTV "Homes Across America" Feature, 1999
  • Honor Award – Arizona Masonry Guild, 1999
  • Whitney Library of Design: The New American Garden, 1998
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Crescordia Winner – Valley Forward, 1998
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Forum, Art and Architecture Design Tour, 1998
  • Cover, Sources & Design, Fall 1999