Cloud Chaser honored with 2003 Design Excellence Award
January 1, 2004
Distinguished Building Award
Dramatic and serene, this desert house is thoughtfully composed with an honest use of modern materials. A walled forecourt providing entry to the glass-enclosed living space sets the stage for the integration of interior and exterior. Masses of concrete block positioned on the east and west for passive cooling contrast with nearly transparent walls to the south and long, downslope views of the surrounding desert. Textured steel sunscreens supported from the steel roof grid shade the glass and cast shadows across façade and floors. Shaded courtyards and earthen tones drawn from the desert provide a feeling of coolness and retreat.