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The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio

  • 01:00 - 19 August, 2009
The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio
The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio, © Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

© Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman © Bill Timmerman +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • Structural Engineer

    BDA Engineers
  • Landscape Design

  • Electrical Engineer

    Tony Woo Engineering
  • Mechanical + Plumbing

    Kunka Engineering
  • General Contractor

    180 Degrees
  • Area

    209.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Xeros project is sited within a late 1950’s era neighborhood where the urban grid of Phoenix, Arizona is overtaken by the organic land forms of the north phoenix mountain preserve. Located at the end of two dead-end streets, the Xeros residence is positioned upon the upward slope of a 50’x 250’ double lot facing the mountain preserve to the north and the city center to the south.

The building parti includes a two-story lower level design studio that descends down into the earth with a single story residence that exists above the studio that is accessed solely by an external stair. The path to the studio level requires that the guest pass behind the mesh screen and descend a short flight of stairs into an exterior, mesh-enclosed forecourt. A stainless steel water feature leads you down the steps and terminates at a reflecting pool. A 3-1/2 foot wide by 19-1/2 tall steel-framed glass door offers entry into the studio from the courtyard. To access the residence, the visitor ascends an exterior steel staircase to an upper level balcony before entering the common room (sitting, dining, and kitchen). The visitor continues through a central gallery towards the cantilevered master suite / media room. This space is completely glazed on the north façade to enjoy the mountain preserve views. To complete the cycle of movement, a cantilevered yellow-glass framed ‘Romeo and Juliet’ balcony allows views back to the city and across the long axis of the building.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The primary building material is exposed steel (as structure, cladding, and shading) that is allowed to weather naturally and meld with the color of the surrounding hills.

Called ‘Xeros’ (from the Greek for ‘dry’) as a reminder that all design solutions should be in a direct response to the environment in which the project exists - the building has several environmentally responsible decisions. The form turns an opaque face towards the intense western afternoon sun and the more exposed faces to the south and east are shielded by an external layer of woven metal shade mesh. The long, narrow lot precipitated very tall from with a petite foot print allows the maximum amount of site to be retained for vegetation. The low-water use vegetation is positioned around the residence to add to the shading effect of the screen. The site itself was ‘recycled’ in that new life was injected into a neglected plot in a neglected Phoenix neighborhood.

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman
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Knut Eric Wingsch · September 16, 2010

The Xeros Residence, Phoenix, Arizona, USA / Blank Studio

sylvia zygalo · January 20, 2010

Xeros Residence | Blank Studio

John Chapman · August 29, 2009

One of my absolute favorite designed houses / The Xeros Residence by Blank Studio /

kenchiku · August 27, 2009

interesting - a little shocking in some ways, but interesting. naturally it isn't (or doesn't appear to be) environmentally sensitive which it should be in some way. the form, its siting (directly adjacent to the road way), its environmental and built context is somewhat paradoxical but somehow still works - i'm not sure how or why. it probably poses more questions than answers to me . . .

SALVADORE · August 25, 2009

details are nice! but the interior space is like no other!!! really! like a theater! its fantasy!

justin · August 21, 2009

funny how environmentally responsible allows one to put a "water feature" into a climate that is suffering from a lack of water. pat yourself on the back for being mindful of the issues related to living and building in a desert.

keith bone · August 21, 2009

SWT Studio..

Lone · August 21, 2009

It looks poorly at odds with its neighborhood, a tiny castle surrounded by massive huts.

@Rus - I assume your talking about the environment. If not, in its way, the house reflects the minimal, plain talk of the desert. A subtle whisper at times and a massive canvas that shouts color at others. I dont care for the house all that much otherwise and Phoenix is a searing, characterless void (a ghost town in fifty years) but once you understand it the desert is an amazing place.

rus · August 21, 2009

what a horrible desolate place

Map Architects · August 21, 2009

RT @yellowgoatetsy: Architecture Love: The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio

ARCHmonster · August 21, 2009

This house is only a 15 minute drive for me. So I plan on looking at it someday. Hell I might leave my resume at the front door when I am done with school! As for the seperation, I think its clear. If you have interns working for you... or the ocasional consultant droping by... I wouldnt want that to be shared with my private space. I could be wrong... but it makes sense to me. Overall I love it. Great form. Looks glamorous in the night shots...

theChavacano · August 20, 2009

I love the plan, is really fine executed, really clean details, but i just have to questions, where is the relationship between the studio and the house, it looks like a house above a comercial space (could be) totally desintegrated, and how this house works on a 115 degree summer?
Still i love it, well i am kind of snob :)

rodney · August 20, 2009

Smart and livable plan, plus it's well executed and detailed.
The sectional quality is very interesting, I'm sure the views are stunning from that height.

Susan Rapp · August 20, 2009

{ me too } ~ RT @nicholaspatten I'd Live Here: The Xeros Residence.

Squidly · August 20, 2009

Strange there is no visual/spacial connection between the work and living areas. If its really just a design studio below, why no shared double height space? Otherwise, nice project.

Alison Huynh · August 20, 2009

Gosh that's a lovely spiral staircase RT @archdaily The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio

Ronen Bekerman · August 20, 2009

A Very interesting studio and living space design - The Xeros Residence / Blank Studio | ArchDaily


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