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Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design

Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design

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  • Architects: Imbue Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800 ft² Area:  1800 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014
  • Photographs Photographs:  Courtesy of Imbue Design
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Text description provided by the architects. Tucked away in a remote desert location just outside of the U.S. Capitol Reef National Park is a plot of land with some of the most impressive rock formations in the world.  The owners of the plot, two highly intelligent professionals with minimal design sensibilities and sharp wit, came to Imbue Design requesting the design of a small campus of structures to occupy the desert landscape.  Their objectives were simple in principle though complex in execution: 1- design a main residence with guesthouse and studio outbuildings, 2- fill them with intimate nooks and gathering spaces, 3- immerse each space in the site’s unparalleled views accenting the two most prominent rock formations, 4- maintain the existing vegetation, 5- construct the retreat on a considerably modest budget.

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Courtesy of Imbue Design
Main Residence Floor Plan
Main Residence Floor Plan
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Courtesy of Imbue Design

The solution came by way of multiple shed roof forms extruded along ‘L’ shaped paths.  The volumes ends are open in expansive glass walls to highlight views of the specified formations, while horizontal windows along the lengths of the volumes frame panoramic views of everything between.

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Courtesy of Imbue Design
Guest House Floor Plan
Guest House Floor Plan
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Courtesy of Imbue Design

Reflecting the red rock megaliths that protrude out of the horizontal landscape, the sharp lines of the house rise above a shroud of vegetation to stand in contrast to ancient, twisted juniper trees.  Like the native rock and trees, corrugated Corten panels and cedar siding naturally age to a self-protective patina baked on by the arid heat and desert sun.

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Courtesy of Imbue Design

Given its remoteness, the home was crafted by local contractors and artisans using local materials where possible.

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Courtesy of Imbue Design
Garage Studio Floor Plan
Garage Studio Floor Plan

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Cite: "Capitol Reef Desert Dwelling / Imbue Design" 07 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/616456/capitol-reef-desert-dwelling-imbue-design> ISSN 0719-8884
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