Architect Eric Pressure’s elemental three-box residential design―positioned on the unforgiving Mojave Desert flooring close to Las Vegas―is harking back to a Zen retreat that’s directly urbane and contemplative.
“It’s a journey round and thru these three containers, each inside and outdoors,” says Pressure, whose 2011 design is positioned in Summerlin’s 800-acre Ridges neighborhood comprised of a dozen-plus distinct neighborhoods. Pressure is the founding principal of Las Vegas-based assemblageSTUDIO.
The four-bedroom residence that Pressure calls tresARCA (“three containers”) was lately listed at $10 million by Ivan Sher of IS Luxurious. The proprietor who commissioned the design is promoting the 8,244-square-foot residence after a dozen years of residence.
The house’s two principal containers are stacked, the higher construction forming a cover for an entry courtyard with a dangling lounge and sitting space beside a slender reflecting pool. Adjoining to the water is a stretch of turf anchored on one finish with a Buddha statue that seems to drift.
However even earlier than that meditative cue, the property’s Zen temper is established by the boxed entry flanked by agave and ocotillo and set with a big palo verde tree. At evening, lighting casts lengthy vertical shadows from spiny ocotillo branches onto the house’s grey plaster cladding.
The house’s higher flooring is curiously wrapped in black mesh set 18 inches away from the construction and pushed out to type massive diamond shapes. The mesh lends an industrial look to the house’s exterior, which at first look may very well be mistaken for a classy warehouse house. However that aesthetic is secondary to its function.
“The mesh acts as a warmth chimney,” says Pressure, an affiliate professor of structure on the College of Nevada. “The warmth collects behind it, however as a result of the mesh is pulled away from the constructing, the below draft releases the warmth buildup. So, the house will get all the sunshine however not as a lot of the warmth.”
The mesh just isn’t seen from the within―the one view is of metal helps that artfully body desert landscapes. Pressure’s inspiration for the cladding’s diamond level geometry got here from the house’s harsh environment. “After the desert flooring dries out from a rain, you see all this cracking,” he says. “That’s what impressed me.”
Additionally mimicking the Mojave Desert, Pressure located the house’s three field shapes and 4 courtyards in ways in which type niches that recall cool crevices inside rock formations. He ingeniously manipulated breeze patterns and executed shading―tossing in requisite water components―to lure residents and their friends outdoors, even throughout 100-plus diploma Fahrenheit days.
“With most of our homes, we’ve tried to push individuals outdoors as a lot as potential, however this one―we’ve achieved that to the best diploma,” Pressure says. “We actually need individuals to learn to reside outdoors when it’s 100 or extra levels―and revel in it, and so they can when it’s achieved proper.”
The house’s two stacked constructions harbor the nice room, bedrooms and kitchen. A 3rd field not related to that edifice comprises an leisure house, workplace and gymnasium. The house has a five-car storage.
The upstairs major bed room and household room face north, permitting full partitions of glass. “The thought was to essentially open up the rooms to permit gentle and openness in each house,” Pressure says.
Approaching the house, guests would possibly discover it curious that the entrance door is hidden―accessed by way of what Pressure calls a crevice. As a substitute, friends first enter the massive entry courtyard, and a curtain blocks the solar on one facet. “In fact, it’s actually the house’s outside lounge,” Pressure says. The house’s exterior areas are all accessed by totally retractable doorways.
From the courtyard, friends can proceed on to the zero-edge pool or all the way down to the decrease courtyard or into the leisure house. “The thought was to create areas which can be linked by way of the skin, as a substitute of being linked by way of indoor hall house,” Pressure says. “As you progress by way of the home, you’re always transferring from indoors to outside.”
There’s additionally a catwalk main from the nice room to the pool. It overlooks a basement courtyard set with the skeleton of a saguaro cactus. The courtyard’s rainfall wall helps cool the house. “We recessed the wall and used a drip system that permits the water to fall in sheets―indirectly down the wall, however in entrance of it,” Pressure says. “There’s additionally a projector that highlights the water stream.”
Inside, supplies mirror the construction’s outer artisan look and embrace black metal partitions in addition to stone, slate and varied wooden components. The higher unit’s bed room flooring are strand-woven bamboo whereas different wooden flooring is from the Tuscany assortment.
A dramatic gentle sculpture cascades down the middle of the house’s black metal staircase set with a glass railing. A cluster of 5,000 incandescent gentle bulbs types an immense summary chandelier. “About 100 of the bulbs gentle and the remaining glisten from the sunshine they create,” Pressure says. “From above, within the non-public household room, you may see down by way of the steps and look by way of the artwork piece.”
The singular work is by multimedia artist Annika Newell who created an analogous gentle set up for New York Metropolis’s Gramercy Park Resort. The householders, who’re avid artwork collectors, commissioned the work and put in quite a few different items in and across the property―lots of them are everlasting fixtures.
The house’s minimalist chef’s kitchen flows seamlessly into eating and residing areas. Wooden cupboards are by Bulthaup; they’re paired with Caesarstone counter tops. Home equipment are by Miele, Viking and Sub Zero. Some toilet cupboards are created by Sonia and others are custom-built.
Partitions of mushroom wooden lending a primitive look, encase the house’s secondary round staircase that leads from the nice room to the leisure house.
Pressure used Shou Sugi Ban wooden (referred to as Yakisugi in Japanese) reverse a bar within the leisure house. The burnt wall of wooden, paired with grey plaster and stone partitions, lends a classy look. The room is anchored with an immense wedge of black marble that constitutes the bar, above which is a rear-lit picture of abstracted smoke.
A wall within the basement wine room is roofed in Jerusalem stone, a creamy historical limestone that turns the expanse right into a extremely textured murals. Texture can also be present in a shiny visitor toilet wall painted a wealthy cerulean. “It’s automotive paint over plaster,” Pressure explains. “The paint provides a depth to the wall reasonably than only a flat floor.”
One other basement bed room provides an extra shock: a bathe with a hovering 30-foot ceiling. “It goes from the basement all the best way to a prime skylight,” Pressure says. The house has two full baths, 4 half baths and two three-quarter baths.
Pressure has blueprinted 10 different properties in Summerlin―all of them maverick designs. They embrace “J2,” a 12,000-square-foot residence designed the identical 12 months as tresARCA. Wealthy in stone and wooden, it includes a prolonged convex-shaped cover mounted with photo voltaic arrays.
A 2022 exhibit at Las Vegas’ Sahara West Library celebrated 25 years of Pressure’s designs, which embrace an artwork middle, a senior condominium advanced and public excessive faculties.
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