Desert In­fin­ity

Atomic Ranch - - Atomic Kitchens - By Sarah Jane Stone Pho­tog­ra­phy by Al Payne

PisO­rig­i­nally de­signed by famed ar­chi­tect William F. Cody, AIA in 1966, this stun­ning ex­am­ple of mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture was re­freshed by the team at LEA Ar­chi­tects, LLC in 2007. De­sign Prin­ci­pal Lance En­yart, AIA LEED AP, says, “For me, the most im­por­tant el­e­ment of Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern de­sign is the strong con­nec­tion be­tween in­door and out­door space, as well as the sim­ple and hon­est ex­pres­sion of ma­te­ri­als and struc­ture.”

LEA Ar­chi­tects de­signed the ren­o­va­tion and ad­di­tion and fo­cused on open­ing up the floor plan while pre­serv­ing the char­ac­ter of the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­ture. Walls that di­vided the kitchen, din­ing, and liv­ing space from one an­other were re­moved to cre­ate a more open plan that bet­ter meets the needs of the home’s cur­rent owner. How­ever, the en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas weren’t the only in­te­rior spa­ces to re­ceive a care­ful facelift—the master suite was ex­panded to make the bath­room larger as well as take full ad­van­tage of the home’s views of Camel­back Moun­tain.

Rather than mak­ing do with the orig­i­nal car­port, the home­owner re­quested that the space be en­closed—which LEA Ar­chi­tects did by in­stalling vent­ing win­dows and glass hy­draulic garage doors (not un­like those used for air­craft hangars).

De­spite mak­ing these changes, the orig­i­nal 10x10 tube steel col­umn struc­tural grid of Cody’s de­sign was re­spected. Ac­cord­ing to Lance, the team used hot rolled plate steel along with a blend of both orig­i­nal and new wal­nut pan­el­ing and cab­i­netry so as to re­fine the in­te­rior de­sign. Af­ter an eight-month process, the fi­nal prod­uct is a mid­cen­tury in­spired mod­ernist de­sign where Cody’s clean lines and LEA Ar­chi­tect’s sub­tle re­fine­ments con­trast the rugged ter­rain of the Ari­zona land­scape.

A William F. Cody res­i­dence lives on as a cel­e­bra­tion of mid­cen­tury de­sign. ar­adise Val­ley, Ari­zona, lo­cated just out­side of Scotts­dale, home to a true mid­cen­tury par­adise.

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