Circle West Architects

Detailing the Invisible

Nov 28, 2011


Detailing is about connections and how those connections translate into a meaningful expression. Glass as a building material allows for a single material to combine the simplicity of its transparency with its natural characteristic of structural and load bearing behavior. The transparent expression for this single family residence is one of openness. Set in the middle of the natural Sonoran Desert, the landscape and the sky become “living art” for the residents. A wholistic expression of glass is developed by utilizing the 12 inch long structural glass fins to support the 3′-6″ wide by 13′-0″ tall lites of glass. The interior space is planned to host a variety of events both private and public. With the quality of invisibility, natural daylight and moonlight are able to brilliantly amplify the expression.