Against the backdrop of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sandia Mountains, architect Bart Prince conceived a 4,000-square-foot residence for Dan Scherger and Suzanne Kolberg. The approach to the front winds through the indigenous plant life of the one-acre desert site.
Light penetrates the living room from several angles. Prince even has the flue rising through a skylight. “The fireplace masonry,” he says, “is cantilevered into the space to create a peninsula, allowing the fire to be enjoyed from three sides.”
High ceilings and clerestories give the guest suite a decidedly open feel. Dominating a curvaceous wall is a New Mexico landscape by Robert Striffolino.
Instead of a conventional entrance, the house has its front door at the rear elevation, enabling a more rewarding encounter with nature and the architecture. A concrete ramp with an ornamental steel handrail concludes the dramatic procession. The cylindrical forms positioned along the curve of the structure are storage units.
Light on Its Feet: AD 100 Designers: architecturaldigest.com