The Silverman Residence, juxtaposed in a non-descript neighborhood in Scottsdale, Arizona renders itself as architecture.
Upon approach, the street side façade (North Elevation) is a composition of white stucco finished volumes which are unified by a cantilevered steel structural element painted black. The steel element comprises an entrance canopy to the North and a balcony to the South that overlooks a lap/reflecting pool, as well as, the man made lake of which the neighborhood surrounds.
Upon entering the residence, a soaring volume is immediately encountered providing views to both the lower and upper level of the residence. The only demarcation between the two levels is a simple glass railing, creating a spaciousness not normally introduced into residential construction.
All photographs courtesy of Bill Timmerman
In addition to the volumetric space, the extensive use of glass situated on the south façade provides views to the lap/reflecting pool and man made lake beyond. These southern views are experienced from all spaces within the residence.
The lower level contains the living, dining, kitchen and guest bedroom, all of which are surfaced with a 2’x 4’ full body porcelain tile imported from Italy. The polished tiles with their remarkable luster reflect the stationary objects placed upon them, most notably the brightly colored Italian furnishings. In correlation with the tile and furnishings, all of the storage and kitchen cabinetry was manufactured in Italy.
Another unique feature of the Silverman Residence is the u-shaped stair constructed of plate steel boldly painted black and yellow. The stair is softened by clear bamboo wood treads creating a transition between the lower and upper levels. At the apex of the stair, the bamboo continues to surface the entire floor of the master bedroom/home office suite.
Although this change in flooring material might seem to separate the two levels, further examination reveals the same Italian furnishings and cabinetry used below, thus unifying the two levels. In addition to the furnishings and cabinetry, the unification between the two levels is achieved via the extensive use of glass on the south façade, again providing southern views but from a different vantage point.
In conclusion: a limited material palette, clean lines and white washed walls, both inside and out, create a residence of continuity. The architecture, further enhanced by the formalized landscaping, breathes life into yet another neighborhood of mundane buildings.
Text courtesy of the architect.