Ibarra Rosano Design Architects - Garcia Residence in Tucson, AZ Print
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The site for this single family residence is a steep north-facing slope in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, located west of the city of Tucson in Arizona, with commanding views of city lights and the surrounding mountains.

Garcia-Residence-01The architects, Ibarra Rosano, wanted to design a structure that would appear to grow out of the rocky desert hillside without dominating the landscape. To be able to do that, they  set the axis of the house parallel with the site contours and created three narrow bays to terrace up the hill, keeping the excavation and fill to a minimum.

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The terracing platforms contain the three zones of the house: living, circulating and sleeping.  The middle bay is used as the entry "gallery", for both circulation and as an extension of the living spaces.  It invites the visitor down to the living, dining and kitchen spaces on the lowest platform, while connecting the house to the bedrooms on the upper level.

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The outstanding city view led to break the house axis and rotate the main window to frame fantastic views of the Tucson city lights and the Catalina Mountains to the northeast.  To achieve southern exposure for the living spaces, the architects split the bedrooms apart, thereby creating a small intimate courtyard with a view up the ridge.

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The material palette of sandblasted Integra block, steel, birch and concrete is simple, durable and responsive to the desert climate, colors and textures.  As the architects explained; it is their belief that with good design, extraordinary space can be created with ordinary materials.

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Project details:



Project Name:
Garcia Residence


Architecture and Interior Design:
Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

Design Team: Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano

Contractor/s:
Repp Design + Construction, Inc.


Location of site:  Tucson, AZ
Site Area:  98,461 sq. ft.
Built-up Area:  2150 sq. ft.





Photographs by Bill Timmerman, courtesy of the architect


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