Distinguished Building Award

This residence reflects the rugged terrain of the High Sonoran desert in Scottsdale, Arizona. Concrete walls blend with the earth; steel beams reflect the power and color of nearby rock outcroppings. Interior spaces seamlessly transition to exterior decks that function as canopies. Photovoltaic cells are suspended in the cantilevers to screen the interior from the desert sun while creating electricity to power the home. The jury said "It is kind of raw, which is appropriate to its desert setting. The photovoltaics are deployed elegantly—the first time I've ever seen that."