Architect Eric Pressure’s elemental three-box residential design―positioned on the unforgiving Mojave Desert ground close to Las Vegas―is paying homage to a Zen retreat that’s directly urbane and contemplative.
“It’s a journey round and thru these three bins, 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 house that Pressure calls tresARCA (“three bins”) was just lately listed at $10 million by Ivan Sher of IS Luxurious. The proprietor who commissioned the design is promoting the 8,244-square-foot house after a dozen years of residence.
The house’s two predominant bins are stacked, the higher construction forming a cover for an entry courtyard with a dangling lounge and sitting space beside a slim 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 night time, lighting casts lengthy vertical shadows from spiny ocotillo branches onto the house’s grey plaster cladding.
The house’s higher ground is curiously wrapped in black mesh set 18 inches away from the construction and pushed out to type giant diamond shapes. The mesh lends an industrial look to the house’s exterior, which at first look might be mistaken for an elegant warehouse area. 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 shouldn’t be 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 ground 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 folks outdoors as a lot as doable, however this one―we’ve achieved that to the best diploma,” Pressure says. “We actually need folks to learn to reside outdoors when it’s 100 or extra levels―and luxuriate in it, they usually can when it’s carried out proper.”
The house’s two stacked buildings harbor the good room, bedrooms and kitchen. A 3rd field not related to that edifice comprises an leisure area, workplace and health club. 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 actually open up the rooms to permit mild and openness in each area,” 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 an alternative, friends first enter the massive entry courtyard, and a curtain blocks the solar on one aspect. “In fact, it’s actually the house’s out of doors lounge,” Pressure says. The house’s exterior areas are all accessed by absolutely retractable doorways.
From the courtyard, friends can proceed on to the zero-edge pool or right down to the decrease courtyard or into the leisure area. “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 area,” Pressure says. “As you progress by way of the home, you’re continuously shifting from indoors to outside.”
There’s additionally a catwalk main from the good 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 area. “We recessed the wall and used a drip system that permits the water to fall in sheets―in a roundabout way down the wall, however in entrance of it,” Pressure says. “There’s additionally a projector that highlights the water circulation.”
Inside, supplies mirror the construction’s outer artisan look and embody 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 mild sculpture cascades down the middle of the house’s black metal staircase set with a glass railing. A cluster of 5,000 incandescent mild bulbs varieties an immense summary chandelier. “About 100 of the bulbs mild and the remainder glisten from the sunshine they create,” Pressure says. “From above, within the non-public household room, you’ll be able to 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 identical mild set up for New York Metropolis’s Gramercy Park Resort. The owners, 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 lavatory 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 good room to the leisure area.
Pressure used Shou Sugi Ban wooden (known as Yakisugi in Japanese) reverse a bar within the leisure area. The burnt wall of wooden, paired with grey plaster and stone partitions, lends a complicated 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 lavatory wall painted a wealthy cerulean. “It’s automotive paint over plaster,” Pressure explains. “The paint offers a depth to the wall fairly than only a flat floor.”
One other basement bed room affords an extra shock: a bathe with a hovering 30-foot ceiling. “It goes from the basement all the way in which to a high skylight,” Pressure says. The house has two full baths, 4 half baths and two three-quarter baths.
Pressure has blueprinted 10 different houses in Summerlin―all of them maverick designs. They embody “J2,” a 12,000-square-foot house 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 embody an artwork middle, a senior condominium complicated and public excessive colleges.
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