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On The Rocks: Soaring Ceiling Heights Allow For Panoramic Vistas

When architect Kevin B. Howard first saw the plot of land that his clients, Dan and Susan Parker, wanted to build their new home on, he understood the appeal right away. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the site afforded spectacular views of nearby Tucson and the valley below. Still, the location did pose some challenges. “The property had a big rocky outcropping smack-dab in the middle of it, and it looked impossible to build on,” Howard says. “But the more difficult the site, the more I love it. We weren’t going to fight the obstacles; we were going to work with them.”


Inspired by the site-specific design approach of Frank Lloyd Wright, who felt that a house should be of the natural environment, and the modernist styles of European architects Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, Howard, along with project architect Joseph E. Brown, created for the Parkers a bold residence that follows the landscape’s rocky topography. “The house straddles the ridge and then cantilevers out on each side,” he says. “It also steps down the mountain, so there’s a fun relationship between the house and its location.”


Architecture - Kevin B. Howard, Kevin B. Howard Architects, Inc.
Interior Design - John Lassila, John Lassila and Associates
Home Builder - Gregg Seaholm, Rainier Construction Inc.
Landscape Design - Tray Gers, The Garden Gate

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