Sophisticated lines displayed from behind the trees on a street in Scottsdale, Arizona, catch the immediate attention of passers by. At night, the Bird’s Nest residence rises like a beacon of light from behind its stone fence. Proudly showcasing its geometric body reminiscent of mid-century modern architecture, this spectacular modern residence in Brent Kendle‘s portfolio is today’s dream home.
With an architecture influenced by Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, the residence is imposing through geometry and inviting through the use of colors, textures and light. Sleek simplicity was employed as the guiding concept, the house being perfectly adapted to its site and the needs and wishes of its owners. Spacious rooms flow from one into the other, connecting with the outdoors via large expanses of glass only to offer a feeling of intimacy two steps further as you move through the spaces. The great room on the ground floor was spectacularly tied to the manicured garden and inviting swimming pool outside. This indoor/outdoor entertaining space gives the whole house a feeling of airiness and constitutes the main social space used for relaxation, socialization and entertaining.
The Bird’s Nest residence was described by its architects as a collection of elegant spaces culminating with a feature that serves as inspiration for the house’s name:
“This tall central volume has an unobstructed visual link to the Kitchen and Dining spaces as well as to both the enclosed front courtyard and the pool terrace. All rooms, including “birds nest” on the second floor, have immediate access to a private courtyard, terrace or exterior space that give the residence an intimate scale.
The native desert plants and the trees serve as counterpoint to soften the bold geometry and rectilinear building forms. The site walls are thoughtfully integrated into the landscape design creating serene courtyards while maintaining the owner’s desire for a high degree of privacy.”