Tuesday, 21 February 2012


I'll be honest and admit that today is the very first time I've seen this wonderful space!  And a must share it certainly is.  There are a host of images on dwell.com, as well as trendir.com and various other interior/ architecture websites.  I tried to narrow it down to a favorite few - but as you can imagine it's an almost undone task - as each and every image captures something noteworthy and beautiful about the design or construction of Meadowbrook House.

And I quote   'This minimalist studio home designed by architects Jay Atherton and Cy Keener reflects a minimalist way of living with a sweet simplicity that stands out here in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The urban house is ultra-clean and contemporary in its style, featuring a facade of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails on its steel frame. When illuminated from inside, the opaque screens turn, provide silhouettes of what's indoors. Minimalist interiors are perfectly in-line with the exterior. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls flood the predominantly white rooms with natural light and enhance their sense of space. Fittingly, this live-work house serves as "home" and "studio" to the two young architects, with lots of hidden storage to keep the look clean and clutter-free. Functional yet beautiful, this modern home is sure to inspire more great work. Atherton Keener
via Dwell'

A lot of thought has gone into the design of this space - my favorite feature would be the internal courtyards that lead from each of the bedrooms, and a close second to that the screens that pretty much surround the house.  They are not just there for aesthetic reasons, they do also serve a purpose:  and that is to block our the harsh sunshine and heat of Phoenix.

'Keener: Because of practical and budgetary reasons, we didn’t have the luxury of using crazy materials. Concrete block has been a part of building in the desert for a long time. The screen that wraps three sides of the house is just a standard thing you see everywhere down here—–generally used to shade parking lots and kids’ playgrounds. The floor is concrete. The walls are drywall. Our interest was in using standard things on a relatively unremarkable site and creating something that was more than the sum of its parts.'

I love the honesty that has gone into their work, and the use of very basic materials - yet constructed in a very creative way.  I'd love to see what the future holds for this bright and inspiring design-due.

via dwell.com
images via redfin.com
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