The approach to Casa de Plegado embraces the Catalina foothill surroundings to create a series of folding elements in plan and elevation that configure the residence within the Sonoran Desert to capture prominent views and respond to site and solar orientation. Folding roof forms of prefinished metal open and close to the sky above and terrain below; a gesture that parallels the nearby Catalina mountain range. Earth-toned walls of textured masonry and smooth stucco wrap through the terrain allowing landscape to fold between the massing of the residence, heightening the connection to the surrounding desert.

The residence wraps around the natural topography concealing it in part from the street and neighboring parcels. The fractured plan of the residence creates a dynamic series of masses that are softened by the enveloping vegetation. Residual courtyards allow the interior spaces to be flooded with natural light and respond to the desert’s intense solar exposure.

The house will incorporate highly efficient orientation and insulation strategies as well as super efficient lighting, mechanical and plumbing systems to create an energy efficient and thermally comfortable living environment.