Dancing Light House

Dancing Light House

Private Houses
Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA - Build completed in 2016
Alexander Vertikoff

Dancing Light House

Kendle Design Collaborative as Architects

Desert form, indigenous materials, natural light and mountain views inspire this home. Layered walls of rammed-earth, metal, concrete and glass create a playful collection of organic forms within a natural desert setting while visually articulating the various functions within.


The signature feature of this home is its floating roof canopy, the underside of which is comprised of tectonic-like forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this canopy balances the owner’s desire for both grandeur and coziness, starting low within the interior living spaces and raising dramatically towards the 180 degree mountain view. All lighting and mechanical devises are carefully concealed within the fissures of this feature allowing the form and materials to be the focus.


Passive features include interior spaces arranged about a central outdoor atrium, allowing modulation of daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.

Natural light brings this home to life, seeping in through carefully articulated crevices or reflecting off the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the mood of this home. At times water-reflected light dances across the fractured planes of earth and wood while at other times it provides a Zen-like sense of calm.

Impact Statement

●       Expressive of its unique natural surroundings.

●       Uses Natural light and breeze as fundamental design elements.

●       Seamless flow between indoors and out.

●       Rammed-earth adds sustainability while uniquely bonding home to its site.

●       Roof form articulation provides feeling of coziness and drama at same time.

●       Designed as a collection of ever-changing experiences.

Product Specifications
BrandCategoryProducts
BulthaupBulthaupKitchen
Wood designDoors
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