It was, as is usual for rural homes, all about the land. The developer of this sprawling house asked Lake|Flato Architects for a design that leverages its unique Mojave Desert setting overlooking the Las Vegas Valley. “We had nice conversations about how to use natural materials and the local ecology to connect it to the land, rather than some traditional form of luxury you might find in Las Vegas,” says project manager Ryan Yaden, AIA.

Two-foot-thick rammed earth walls—a blend of two local soils—organize the house’s living, bedroom, and service wings. They move from inside to out, extending the interiors to discrete outdoor spaces while creating a thermal mass that buffers the desert’s daily temperature swings.  “The walls frame very specific views so that the experience feels special; the views are not ubiquitous,” says principal Andrew Herdeg, FAIA. They’re also a foil for the glass, weathered steel, and concrete living and bedroom pavilions, with their floating roofs that balance interior daylighting. The main living area spans east to west to capture southern light, while the bedroom wing and service wing edit views from the living areas and street.

Equally important, the design celebrates the rare rainfall on this thirsty land. The living pavilion’s big butterfly roof drains to an arroyo lined with palo verde trees, and a scupper waters a courtyard rain garden next to a window-seat bump-out.

“The configuration, materials, daylighting—everything about the experience of the home connects you to the surrounding environment and seamlessly blends with the rugged landscape,” Andrew says.


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Citation

LAKE|FLATO ARCHITECTS
HORIZON HOUSE
HENDERSON, NEVADA

Project Credits

ARCHITECT: Andrew Herdeg, FAIA, principal in charge; Ryan Yaden, AIA, project manager; Grace Boudewyns, AIA; Vicki Yuan, AIA; Megan Toma; Matthew Hlavinka, Pavan Iyer, project team, Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas

BUILDER: Scott Bugbee, R.W. Bugbee & Associates, Las Vegas

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Roger Socha, TRUEFORM Landscape Architecture Studio, Phoenix

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Kirsten Nalley, Mendenhall|Smith Structural Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada

MEP ENGINEER: Conrad Brown, PAE Engineers, Portland, Oregon

CIVIL ENGINEER: Kendard Mize, P.E., Lochsa Engineering, Las Vegas, Nevada

PROJECT SIZE: 7,850 square feet

SITE SIZE: 1.9 acres

CONSTRUCTION COST: Withheld

PHOTOGRAPHY: Casey Dunn


Key Products

CABINETRY: Custom

CABINETRY HARDWARE: FSB

COUNTERTOPS: Caesarstone

DISHWASHER: Fisher & Paykel

ENTRY DOORS: Custom walnut

FLOORING: Concrete, walnut, wool carpet

GARAGE DOORS: Overhead Door Co.

HVAC: Multi-zone high efficiency split system with fresh air heat exchanger

OVENS: Wolf

REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER: Sub-Zero

ROOFING: TPO

STRUCTURAL: Rammed Earth—local aggregate mixed with limited Portland cement using vernacular method of mass wall construction

WINDOWS: Loewen


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