Located near Scottsdale, the Arizona Courtyard House is a pavilion constructed with a system of standardized corten steel structural components set on a plinth of concrete that rises 16” above the terrain to accommodate occasional storm conditions. The house is an open plan, based on a 7’ x 7’ modular system with a two-way structural framing system that allows for extensive spans and cantilevers.
The long, rectilinear volumes of the house are arranged to define a private courtyard, with the main house to the south and east, a fitness center and instructor’s lap pool to the north, and mountain views to the west. Glass is used typically as the exterior enclosure material of the house, with perforated sunscreens and press-formed louvers layered in front of the glass where shade or privacy is needed.
The house has uninterrupted views to its private courtyard and the following features further dissolve the distinction between the indoor and outdoor spaces:
• the northwest corner of the living space features a system of floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass panels that open in two directions, resulting in an opening that is 70’ linear feet.
• concrete is the floor material of the house, both inside and out, with an appropriate variation in the finish type.
• Deep, cantilevered roof planes of corten steel beams extend over the terrace areas to create outdoor spaces. When the corten panels of the roof extend over the terraces, they are perforated to allow filtered daylight.
-The courtyard house built with this prefabricated system of parts has great potential to provide low-cost housing.
-Constructed out of Cor-Ten Steel, this home has a multi-generational life-cycle that can last for hundreds of years.
David Hovey & Associates Architect, Inc.