Overlooking the sweeping peaks and valleys of picturesque Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Tip Top is designed to be equally impressive indoors, outdoors and from below.
Located in one of the most highly desired areas of the Valley of the Sun, Tip Top sits on what once was a mountain peak that had been flattened out and built on. With the original residence torn down, the new one was conceived to make the most of the views from every vantage point.
Uniquely shaped with plaster forms that fold down—from roof to wall to floor—the exterior is accentuated with stone cladding and zinc fascia. Large overhangs and strategic massing elements protect the contemporary residence from the intense sunlight.
Since entertaining was the main goal of the homeowners, various outdoor living spaces accommodate large groups. Multiple terraces and patios, open living spaces, plus an extensive use of glass allow for plenty of opportunities to engage with the quiet beauty of the desert.
Near one end of the backyard, a dramatic louvered loggia stretches over a portion of the pool and barbecue area, providing dappled shade. Sprinkled throughout the yard are a spa, sunken bar, swim-up bar, and a waterfall feature that flows over a wall making it visible along the entry drive.
Indoors, the architect created zones throughout by devising a sequence of spaces that can be experienced at various times of the day. One zone takes advantage of city views, another of the sunrise, and yet another takes in the exquisite sight of Camelback Mountain.
From top to bottom, this house exemplifies clean, modern architecture.
Square Footage Details
Lot size: 322,076 sq ft
Total livable space: 21,600 sq ft