Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the poetically named Dancing Light house celebrates nature through creative contemporary design.

Project name: Dancing light
Architect’s Firm: Kendle Design Collaborative
Status: Built
Website: https://kendledesign.com
Project Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona
Completion Year: 2016
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 5600
Lead Architects:  Brent Kendle
Interior Designer: David Michael Miller
Landscape Architect: GBtwo Landscape Architects
Builder: Desert Star Construction
Photo credits:  Alexander Vertikoff
Photographer’s website: https://www.vertikoff.com/

Architect Brent Kendle of Kendle Design Collaborative designed the dwelling and its guest house with striking geometric shapes that mirror the surrounding mountains, with other details also paying homage to the desert landscape. Nature provides the main foundation for the house’s aesthetic and for its distinct character. 180 degree views of Camelback Mountain connect the interior to the stunning location.

Dancing Light by Kendle Design CollaborativeThe eye-catching element of the entire structure, a floating roof canopy gives a sculptural accent to the design. At the same time, it creates a perfect balance between the cozy living spaces with a lower ceiling and the sweeping views created by the large windows and elevated roof. Tectonic-like shapes reference both the local geology and monsoon cloud formations.

Dancing Light by Kendle Design CollaborativeTo keep the focus on the form and natural materials, the architect designed concealed lighting and mechanical systems that remain hidden from sight.

Layered rammed-earth walls link the modern interior to the desert, while concrete, metal, and glass provide a counterbalance to the organic forms. These different materials also visually articulate various areas and functions inside the house.

Dancing Light by Kendle Design CollaborativeApart from the topography and features of the land, the house also draws inspiration from natural light.

Flooding through windows or seeping through narrow openings, Arizona’s sunshine changes the living spaces throughout the day. Reflected off the swimming pool surface, the light creates bright and dynamic compositions on the fractured wall planes. At other times, its soft glow enhances the interior’s sense of calm. Arranged around a central courtyard-like space, the rooms allow natural light and the mountain breeze to flow through the house.

Additional information.

What kind of wood is used for the roof? the wood used at the ceiling and soffit is a vertical grain clear douglas fir with a light sandblast finish.

Have you got some panels or geothermie or some more sustained materials? No geo-thermal. Sustainable features include:

  • Passive solar considerations including:

o   Site orientation to minimize low east and west sun

o    roof overhangs calculated to shade glass during hottest moments of day year-round

  • Passive cooling techniques:

o   strategically placed operable windows to draw breezes through the home

o   strategically located pool to passively cool air before it enters home.

  • House is designed and prepared for rooftop solar panels to be installed in future
  • Rammed earth walls
  • Exposed Concrete walls and floors
  • High-performance Low-E glazing
  • High-performance high-seer refrigeration
  • Tankless water heating
  • Expanded cell foam insulation
  • High reflectivity roofing
  • Home automation
  • LED lighting
  • Powered roller shades


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