A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
The pool of the Phoenix house feels as laterally finite as the house feels spacious—but the view goes up forever. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
A mid-century oasis in the desert, The Fontenell
was built in the late '50s for the family of makeup and cosmetics icon Max Factor. Seeking a place his family could relax together, seven fully-equipped bungalows in fashionable Palm Springs fit the bill. Photo by Dan Chavkin.
The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith. Nighttime hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub where Smith soaks his feet: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
For his house in Phoenix, Arizona, Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. The glass-enclosed master bedroom floats above the corrugated, oxidized steel exterior. Photo by Gregg Segal.
Ex college roommates Jay Atherton and Cy Keener are now business partners: They founded a design firm, Atherton Keener, in 2007, and built a house in Phoenix, Arizona. The exterior consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.
Desert Canopy House, the first net-zero energy house in Palm Springs, by Whitney Sander. Photo courtesy Sander Architects.
Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner built his own prefab vacation house in the Coachella Valley. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.
After months spent researching solutions to make her Phoenix home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette can finally relax. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.