Built into a steep mountainside in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Straight Edge is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Limestone masses and walls of glass meld into a flat butterfly-shaped roofline edged in black fascia, delivering a structure both subtle and dramatic in appearance.

The extremely steep hillside made construction difficult but worth it in the end. Surrounded by rugged desert, this project was all about opening the house up to the natural scenery as the property offered some of the most spectacular vistas of the mountain and city beyond.

The owners wanted a contemporary house with a minimalist aesthetic both inside and out. Linear in design, its reverse-slope roof creates the illusion of high ceilings and exposes the structure to the front and back of the property, maximizing the views. A sky-lit stairway tower serves as an unconventional entrance and runs through the center of the residence like a spinal column.

Bright and airy, the interiors are clean with zero clutter and almost no visible hardware. To keep the ample amounts of glass, metal and limestone from feeling too stark, warm woods were brought in to add elegance and help calm the architecture down.

Curved furnishings, rich fabrics and the addition of sculptures and luxurious finishes soften the home, as do cheerful works of art. For added personality, a specialty room for the couple’s exotic birds is situated off the master bedroom. 

Awards + Publications
Luxe Interiors + Design—Jan/Feb 2021

Project Details // Straight Edge
Phoenix, Arizona
Interior design: Laura Kehoe Design
Landscape architecture: Sonoran Landesign