The Desert Courtyard House is another one of Wendell Burnette’s residential projects in Arizona that incorporates the natural Arizonian lanscaping into the design. This is one of the most interesting and coolest houses I’ve come accross, not only because of the plethora of windows that offer beautiful views of the outdoor scenery, but also because of the way it was built. From reading about most of Wendell Burnette’s projects, it is clear that a lot of the inspiration for his designs revolve around the nature of the building site and utilizing natural resources and sustainable matieral when possible. For this house, they discovered that theon-site soil was suitable for” rammed earth” (which is a method of construction that uses raw natural materials for walls and foundation), so this house was constructed from excavated soil. Another thing that I found cool about this house is that a portion of it is elevated above ground, where they added a glass floor so that the vegetation below is visible. I’m sharing a lot of pictures of this house because there is so much to see!
^glass floor ^^ indoor/outdoor shower^^Inside view of the shower that leads to one of the outdoor spaces
This is one of Wendell Burnette’s projects that exemplifies what architects can do to help create healthy communities, which was my group’s topic. Maryvale Park is known as the “green heart” of the Palo Verde community, and the community wanted to reinvigorate the park to make it more appealing and useful to the community, but preserve the original park as well. The new parking lots are shaded with native Palo Verde trees, which is a good way for architects to be environmentally friendly and sustainable because native plants require less maintenance and less resources. They also kept the pool and other recreational ammenities that were already at the site, which is another sustainable approach for architects to take when constructing a new building. After learning about ways to shape a healthy community, I really appreciate this project and the techniques that Wendell Burnette Architects used when designing and implementing this community center. Aside from using sustainable methods for this building, it is also very unique looking and functional and attracts many more community members than it previously did which is great for the community!
Wendell Burnette built and designed his own residence in Phoenix, Arizona. The features of this house were “explicitly made to the sensory experiences of our natural world.” There is not a lot of information about the house other than what is available on the architect’s website, but from his description, it is obvious that he built the house to be surrounded by nature and “touching only the site that was previously disturbed,” so it seems to be in an area of Phoenix’s natural landscape that is mostly preserved. As you can tell from the pictures, the house was built around the existing landcape (taking the shape of the ground that it was built on versus completely taking out the landscape so that the house could be built). This house seems like a sort of maze and so open to the outdoors! It is not my ideal “home” but it definitely seems like a sanctuary that would be an amazing place to escape to!
The Field House is a 5,000 square foot house located on 16 acres of farmland in Wisconsin. The Wendell Burnette official website describes the house as “a single box clad in a zinc galvanized metal skin.” This house is interesting because it modernizes the traditional farm house style. It was built to be very functional with stoic structures, but it still has a unique and clean look that sets it apart from the typical farmhouse. My favorite part of this house (from what I can see from the pictures/reading about it) is the view of the vast landscape of farmland. I never thought farmland could make such a beautiful view!
This home is one of Wendell Burnette Architects private projects, and it is located at the base of Echo mountain in Pheonix. Most of the homes and restaurants designed and built by Wendell Burnette have a very modern, geometric style. This is one example of those that I wanted to share because it is full of interesting features: a main living room that is elevated above ground with wall to wall, ceiling to floor windows with views of the downtown skyline, and a pool that is surrounded by a 13 foot wall on all sides. A major part of this project was to provide full ranges of views from the city to the surrounding desert, and the desert’s natural vegetation makes up the landcaping .
Fountain place is one of the most noticable buildings in downtown Dallas because the exterior is all windows, giving it a mirror like effect. One of my favorite features of this building is the slopes, which have internal gutters between each of the windows so that it doesn’t create a “waterfall ” when it rains. According to the building’s official website, it is one of the heaviest buildings of its size (made with 42,000 tons of steel from the 5th floor down) and has over 26,000 windows!
One of the most amazing looking resorts I have seen yet is a resort designed and built by my assigned architect company, Wendell Burnette Architects. This resort is just over 600 acres, and is located in the middle of Southern Utah’s cliffs and rock formations. This resort is so unique because it is such a luxurious site and is surrounded by a complete desert like landscape.
Since I was a third grader up until I was a senior in high school, my family spent a week in seaside every summer. This town is by far my favorite place to visit and my favorite part about it is the architecture. We stayed in a different house each time we visited, so it is hard for me to pick a favorite, but the last one that we rented stuck out to me the most because it had the most beautiful interior. The house is perfectly designed to accomodate a large group, and there was a neat spiral staircase on the third floor that went to a sunroom with beautiful views of the town.
Even though this house was probably my favorite of all the ones I have stayed in, all of the houses and architecture give the town a cozy feeling that I have never experienced anywhere else!
The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico is one building that I have always found interesting because it is one of those buildings that has mystery to it. It was built in 1878 without any access to the second story choir loft. Carpenters concluded that a ladder would be the only solution, but stories claim that a mysterious man appeared and constructed a spiral staircase and disappeared when it was completed. The design of the staircase was innovative for the time and still perplexes experts- there is no sign of support and no nails were used to build the staircase. The chapel itself is also very pretty with delicate details and like most chapels, stained glass windows.
One of my favorite houses in my family is my Grandparents’ New Mexico house. They built this house about twelve years ago in a neighborhood that sits at the foot of the Sandia Mountains and all of the houses are adobe and the streets and landscaping is all natural sage brush and cactus. I love this house because whenever you are there you feel the sense of history and community that preserved the natural wildlife of the Sandia Mountians. My favorite part, however is the views from all sides of the house.