Desert Wing, a villa in the Sonora desert that echoes the surrounding landscape
Desert Wing, a villa in the Sonora desert that echoes the surrounding landscape

Solid walls of local rammed earth and concrete characterize the design of Kendle Design Collaborative's Desert Wing villa, which, rising from the desert, echoes the contours of the surrounding mountain range

The architecture of Desert Wing reflects its location: Kendle Design Collaborative models the villa after the climatic and programmatic aspects of the Sonora Desert, located on the northwestern part of the U.S.-Mexico border

Desert Wing, a villa in the Sonora desert that echoes the surrounding landscape

Thanks to the house's solid rammed earth and concrete walls, the scorching desert sun is somewhat shielded. An almost invisible glass wall breaks down the boundaries between indoor and outdoor, highlighting the natural sights both near and far

Desert Wing, a villa in the Sonora desert that echoes the surrounding landscape

The planar shapes of the roof are bent to capture rainwater and disperse it into the surrounding vegetation. The materials, chosen both for their beauty and for the low maintenance they require, are indigenous: the copper that covers the bold shapes of the roof is mined from the Arizona desert, and appears to float above the living spaces

Desert Wing, a villa in the Sonora desert that echoes the surrounding landscape

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