Designing in the desert
Architect Michael P. Johnson loves a challenge; and building in a desert, as his latest project, the Ellsworth Residence demanded, certainly presented one. The architect had to deal with the particularities of the unique desert geography, while choosing the right shape and style for the house, creating a light-looking long rectangular volume, sitting delicately on the ground’s natural curves.
Completed last November, Ellsworth Residence belongs to a keen art collector, so a second big concern of the architect was to create, ‘not only a residence, but also gallery to display the clients many pieces of fine art and furnishings’. The interior layout features an expansive living and dining area, with enough space to house works like an specially commissioned installation by Arizona artist Mayme Kratz, but also offers wide views to the desert surrounding the house.