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Integrated systems for doors, windows, shutters and façades.Secco Sistemi SPAEBE 65, OS2 65
Radiant Cooling SystemBeka USA
Steel Windows Brombal USA
Kitchen Cabinetry Bulthaup
Oak Flooring Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Oak Millwork Cabinetsand DoorsChris Madsen Cabinets

Product Spec Sheet
Integrated systems for doors, windows, shutters and façades.
Radiant Cooling System
Steel Windows
Kitchen Cabinetry
Oak Flooring
Oak Millwork Cabinetsand Doors

Stone Court Villa

Marwan Al-Sayed Inc. - Masastudio as Architects

A ten acre desert site that contains two desert washes. A modern, yet archaic architecture of walls that contain space and space that contains walls. Space becomes thinned out form and form becomes condensed space. Massive walls inscribed in the earth. From above, snake like and calligraphic in form blurring boundaries between outside and inside, courtyards and rooms, container and contained.

Wonderful vistas to both nearby desert landscapes and distant peaks. Walls are introduced, repetitively and deliberately, compressed and then elongated as the space or view dictates. Snake like mass walls of light 3” Veracruz Mexican saw cut limestone, moving in and out of the living spaces, blurring boundaries…light fabric overhangs delicately suspended between the mass walls.

Walls containing space, life, courts, water, trees, laughter, thoughts and shadows. The stacking of the stone is inspired by both memories of a beautiful Japanese bamboo cutting board, with its even and subtle yet irregular offsets… well as the work of abstract painter Agnes Martin….repetitive with subtle differences creating a complex box of depth and surface. The effect is not unlike a mother of pearl box, created by the shimmering variations of the stone and how it is laid, both regularly yet with deliberate variation. Roland Barthes ‘repetition differente’.

Slowly a pattern emerges, shifts and then unwinds

Repetitive but not repeated, Even – here, elongated - there ….extended, here compressed there. Subtle varieties of color, texture, line all effect to create a richness of experiences for daily life.

The slicing of stone left exposed, the splash of water, the capture of light…the walls exclude what is weak and undesired so that what is vibrant and alive can flourish in peace.

A modern timeless ruin in the Sonoran desert, inhabited by the softness of the bodies within and the glimpses of shimmering landscapes and light particular to the desert outside.

Stone Court Villa - Paradise Valley

Secco Sistemi SPA as Integrated systems for doors, windows, shutters and façades.

“A modern, timeless ruin in the Sonoran desert”, full of life
in the interior, is how the architect describes his work.
The relationship of this villa with the Arizona landscape is
formed by the arrangement of the massive stonewalls that,
enclosing the extensive internal areas, frames evocative
scenes of the desert with its particular light: the visual rays
follow thought-out trajectories and cross compact volumes,
aligning deep passage ways, internal courtyards, pools
of water and large glass window openings to glimpse the
sparkling views of Paradise Valley. The theme of the walls that
separate the exterior and interior – full height door-windows
with sliding panels that disappear and walls that are made
completely of glass windows – uses the 0S2 65 and EBE 65
systems. Burnished brass is the precious material that
matches the elegance of the local calcareous saw-cut
stone in thin slabs that are aligned in a pattern that evokes
Japanese bamboo panels.

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