Updated Tradition at Six Courtyard Houses, Tucson, AR
The Six Courtyards Home project is a complex and refined example of modern home design, an urban infill project with a private courtyard at the heart of each home. The Ibarra Rosano Design Architects work aimed to blur the boundary between inside and out, thereby achieving a wholly new residential concept. Essentially, the project is heavily inspired by and informed by traditional Tucson architecture. Tucson’s home design past often features residential units with a central courtyard, masonry walls and minimal western exposure, so that the homes are shielded from unfriendly winds. The design team in charge of the project took this concept and rendered it modern, by adding sinuous lines to the exterior, ample glazed surfaces and two-story tall, open plan day areas.
The first phase homes were completed in 2008 and are 2,297 square feet wide each, with a two-car garage for every home. The second phase homes are somewhat more spacious, with an added studio/guest room, plus a two-car garage. The interiors are sleek and contemporary, staying true to the modern home design, updated program. They are orderly and simple, with lots of straight lines and a nearly Spartan aesthetic. Yet a playful sense of surprise still shines through amid the tiles in cool tones and wood-veneered furniture. There are plenty of splashes of color (such as the green stools around the dining room table) to keep the design fresh, upbeat and interesting.