The interior reflects an appreciation of Mid-century Modern design. The architects introduced built-in cabinets in rift-cut white oak. For visual continuity, these include an entertainment cabinet in the main living area, cabinets in the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.
In the kitchen, a freestanding bank of cabinets accommodates the ovens, a coffee centre, refrigerator and pantries. Additional pantry storage is provided in a scullery behind these cabinets. Air vents on the top of the rear wall of the kitchen push air right out over the top of the freestanding cabinets, which makes the air conditioning more effective, Rosano says.
A large island serves as a divider between the kitchen and dining area, concealing any clutter but still allowing the owners to socialise with guests. The raised bar top on the island incorporates a series of cabinets with lift-up doors, which provide an extended appliance garage.
The cabinets in the living room also offer plenty of storage, helping to keep the interior streamlined and uncluttered.
Visual continuity is further enhanced by concrete flooring throughout the slabs that form the base of the house also form the floor.
Not surprisingly, outdoor living is an integral part of the desert lifestyle. The architects consequently designed an outdoor room between the two wings. The wall beside this area is clad in steel with a pre-rusted patina that has been sealed to avoid rust residue leaching. A modern gas fire brings warmth to cool nights and winter days. Rosano says the wall provides privacy, but is not so high that the view of the hills is blocked.
Views to the city lights are maximised with the elevated deck of the viewing portal, which also forms another outdoor room for intimate dinners under the stars.