The Tucson Mountain Lava House is situated within the eastern alluvial flow of the Tucson Mountains, a terrain that falls gently toward the Santa Cruz River. Defined by a wide drainage to the south, the landscape is richly populated by low-lying bedrock outcroppings, saguaro and barrel cacti, palo verde, ocotillo, jojoba, and creosote. The site offers panoramic views of the Tucson Mountains to the west and the Santa Catalina Mountains to the northeast, views that are occasionally interrupted by power poles and neighboring structures, and by automobile traffic along a lightly-traveled road to the north. The formal and site-based objectives were to anchor the structure into the existing geology and to weave its spaces between existing water courses and mature Sonoran Desert vegetation, while minimizing the visibility of nearby human imprints from within the space.
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