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The Perch Modern Exterior, Phoenix

The Aerie was planned and designed with a goal to promote excellence in architecture. The Aerie is destined to become a community of architectural distinction with a collection of homes that carefully blend into the natural setting.

Our vision for excellent architecture is best demonstrated by The Perch, The Aerie's on-site sales studio completed in early 2009. The Perch blends simple orthogonal forms and a refined palette of materials that live naturally in the surroundings of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. A tall, 24-inch thick mass of rammed earth forms the south and west walls of The Perch, paying quiet reverence to the colorful strata of the sandstone cliffs beyond.

Architect: Andy Byrnes, AIA
Contractor: the construction zone, ltd.
Photo Credit: Bill Timmerman
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ET-Eli wrote:
Beautiful material palette! What kind of steel is the facade made of?
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West Architecture Studio

Was panel repositioning a possibility with this system or do you just have to make sure you get it right the first time? Seems like that could be a real challenge with larger panels. Beautifully simple though and looks awesome!

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the construction zone, ltd.

You only get one shot and it better be right. When installed correctly the panels will be very difficult to remove.

chestershiner wrote:
I luv the coloring in your rammed earth. - What did you use to seal/protect your RE walls and retain it's rich strata coloring?
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Kat Powell

Well, that's just stunning.

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the construction zone, ltd.

Thank you

Sharon Little wrote:
What material has been used to cap the rammed earth?
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Sharon Little
I love it. I need to organize this to be done to my house which has many uncapped rammed earth columns and walls now quickly eroding. Do you have know any contacts for Australia who could do this for me? I am on the gold coast.
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the construction zone, ltd.
Hi Sharon,
Sorry no contacts in Australia. The image below shows a closer view of the cap. The concrete is flush with the RE wall and colored to match. The steel cap slightly overhangs and is broke (bent) downward to create a dripedge. We also recommend regularly resealing the walls (about once every 18-24 months in Arizona, USA). Good luck with your repairs.
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megconway wrote:
more pictures of this home? - i've just been to your website after looking at this photo. your firm has designed and built with the most beautiful, peaceful, and quietly dramatic, materials i've ever seen. this home in particular is the only home i've ever seen fit into the landscape, actually be part of the landscape, that i've ever seen congratulations on your work!
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the construction zone, ltd.
Hi Meg
Thank you for your compliments. There are more photos of the project on our website. You can find them here;
Thanks, CZ
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That is some breathtaking work! Thank-you, Meg
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Brandon Bryant wrote:
how did you waterproof the metal where each sheet stacks?
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the construction zone, ltd.
Hi Brandon,
The wall has a waterproof membrane behind the steel panels.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

John Hill added this to 5 Modern Home Exteriors Tell a Texture Story
3. Model Home in ArizonaThis building is a sales center that serves as a model home for a unique modern desert development in Sedona, Arizona. The dark steel stands out in the desert context, but the rammed earth roots the house in its place, echoing the bluff beyond.
Steven Corley Randel, Architect added this to Roots of Style: International Style Celebrates Pure Form
The premise of the International style, that the materials evoke their own ornament, finds its way into unexpected places. A rammed-earth wall mimics the rock formations in the distance on this Arizona house. Coated steel panels provide a rusticated and softened contrast, while red cedar planks provide a welcoming glow from the interior. The decoration or detail occurs naturally and without force.

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