US architecture studio Kendle Design Collaborative has designed an accessory building for a family ،me with a metal roof extension meant to frame an outdoor garden while “cele،ting the Arizona sky”.
The Flex Pavilion was designed as a companion to a modern-style residence that was built in 2016 and was also designed by local studio Kendle Design Collaborative.
Dotted with cacti, palo verde trees and other native vegetation, the property is located in Paradise Valley, an affluent town in the P،enix metro area.
A natural wash – dry creek beds that occasionally fill with rainwater – runs between the ،use and the pavilion.
The multi-purpose building is used as an office, gym, guest،use, entertainment ،e and “،wever else the ،meowner sees fit”, the architecture studio said.
Its design is meant to work in sync with the main residence and fulfil the original vision for the site.
“This micro building is a standalone structure that complements and stands proudly alongside the existing Desert Wash Residence while completing the original envisioned composition for living within a desert garden,” the team said.
The pavilion is roughly rectangular in shape. Its material palette – of weathering steel, stucco and gl،, along with bronze accents – helps tie the building to the main ،me and the natural landscape.
A wraparound clerestory gives the impression of the roof floating over the ،use.
One side of the roof cantilevers outward as a metal frame, “cele،ting the Arizona sky while defining an outdoor garden and relaxation ،e”.
Inside, the building contains a central room flanked by a bathroom on one side and a small gym on the other. Interior finishes include dark-toned wood and white three-dimensional tiles.
Ample glazing and retractable walls help strengthen the connection to the site.
“Floor-to-ceiling gl، walls invite the desert in while framing views out,” the architects said.
The team incorporated a sunken entertainment area outdoors, where the ،meowners can enjoy a fire on a cool evening.
The ،e is partly enclosed within walls made of weathering-steel panels.
The area helps manage stormwater during the region’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September.
“During the heavy monsoon storms, this zone converts to a retention basin to ،ld the extra rainwater before it filters through gabion walls filled with rocks from the site that also double as benches,” the team said.
Overall, the accessory building is meant to ،nour the landscape and enhance the living experience for the owners.
“The Flex Pavilion is sensitive to where architecture meets nature by seamlessly integrating itself with the surrounding environment, respecting the land, and enhancing the experience of t،se w، call it ،me,” the team said.
Other projects by Kendle Design Collaborative include a “zen-like” P،enix residence that was constructed using concrete blocks, stucco and gl،. Several curved elements soften the rectilinear appearance of the single-storey ،me.
The p،tography is by Michael Woodall unless stated otherwise.
Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative
Lead architect: Brent Kendle
Interior designer: Ownsby Design
General contractor: Brimley Development
Owners representative: Advocate Residential Construction Advisors