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9 SITE PLAN 1 ENTRY 2 LIVING/DINING 3 FAMILY 4 KITCHEN 5 CLOSET/VANITY 6 BEDROOM 7 OFFICE 8 GARAGE 9 GUEST QUARTERS 10 FIREPIT 11 POOL

The path through these deftly interconnected volumes begins with a circuitous, descending entry sequence and terminates at a courtyard outfitted with a recessed fire pit and a swimming pool formed by raised walls of Corten steel. Two guest rooms are sequestered at the property’s west side to ensure privacy, their combined mass shading the outdoor spaces from the afternoon sun while also framing additional vistas. Flato says his firm’s simple philosophy of space-making allows for improvements to any project through collaboration. In the case of the Brown Residence, he gives high praise to the Lake/Flato project manager Brian Comeaux, AIA, as well as the contractor, Construction Zone, and its owner, Andy Burns. Trained as an architect, Burns has assembled a crew primarily consisting of Arizona State University architecture students and graduates. This team effort, from design through construction, executed by people equally dedicated to a common vision, has yielded a project rich in detail and distinctively detached from its suburban context. What’s more is that the architects of the Brown Residence have upheld the long-standing local tradition of spirited experimentation and produced a building that achieves harmony with the desert landscape. Mark T. Wellen, AIA, is a principal of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in Midland.

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