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Levin Residence / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

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  • Structural Engineer: Harris Engineering Services
  • Mechanical Consultant: Paul Formentini
  • Cost of Construction: $300/sf
  • Site Size: 2.24 acres
© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

From the architect. Three simple volumes hover above the desert, responding to the challenges of a sloping site and to an ethic of building with minimal disruption to the natural environment. 

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The available buildable area was bifurcated by a minor drainage-way, which inspired the architects to leave the cars behind and link the parking area to the main house by a bridge that allows rainwater and wildlife to flow beneath it. 

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

Cantilevered concrete slabs enabled the house to run perpendicular to the topography for optimal solar exposure, for cross-ventilation, and to frame views. Meanwhile, the underside provides shady refuge for desert animals. 

© Bill Timmerman
© Bill Timmerman

The tubular forms crop the desert landscape into more intelligible vignettes much like a photographer’s square, celebrating the natural setting and view of the city lights the owner did not even realize they had.

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