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The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

  • 01:00 - 4 August, 2010
The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects, © Bill Timmerman
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  • Architects

  • Location

    1135 E Adelaide Dr, Tucson, AZ 85719, United States
  • Architects

    Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
  • Principals In Charge

    Luis Ibarra, Teresa Rosano
  • Structural Engineer

    Caruso Turley Scott
  • Developer

    Dreamspace, LLC.
  • Contractor

    Repp Design + Construction, Inc.
  • Cost Of Construction

    approx. $130/sf
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. In our desert town, plagued by sprawl and lacking in public transportation, The Six is a project comprised of six courtyard houses that demonstrates the possibilities for higher density, urban infill desert development that is respectful of its time and place.

While the Six takes cues from Tucson’s architectural past and neighboring residences, which manifest as central courtyards, low-rise masonry construction, and thoughtful solar orientation, the project is an emphatic expression of its place and time.

The Courtyard is a traditional concept employed in hot arid regions because it takes advantage of cool desert nights by affording the house the ability to open into a secure and private space. Each house’s primary spaces expand onto the central courtyard, while the more intimate bathing areas extend into private landscaped light wells.

This interconnectedness of indoor and outdoor space is a consistent trademark of the development. In the hallway, glue-laminated wood beams were crafted to form a dramatic window seat overlooking the courtyard. The master bedroom shares access to the large outdoor “room” while the master bath and guest baths look onto small private outdoors spaces, giving one the sensation of bathing outdoors. Directly above the expansive kitchen island, the ceiling dramatically rises to provide a demarcation for the cooking area, and allow clerestory windows to provide balanced south and north light into the voluminous dining and living areas.

© Bill Timmerman
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The magic comes from the manipulation of the human experience, not the form. We feel that timelessness is attained when every decision is based on something important and when the space is given as much consideration as the object.

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PatrickLBC · August 06, 2010

The aesthetics are nice.

But it made me laugh to see single-story residences called "higher density, urban infill." :)

boss · August 06, 2010 09:26 PM

Single-story residences can be very high density, the hutongs in Beijing are a great example.

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Toba · August 05, 2010

hehe, nice, the concept is the same as the houses laid in the grid of the spanish urbanization strategies just a couple of centuries ago....In some cases the blocks where 100x100 and terrains in this grid where 40m long x 10m wide, so every house was mirrored to the next one, in this way the courtyards are bigger, giving more space for the green heart of the block. In Argentina this are called Chorizo Houses. Anyway looks nice

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