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BY DAVID M. BROWN
Frank Lloyd Wright would have approved.
The architect of record for this 8,240-square-foot Contemporary home in Paradise Valley is Scottsdale’s Vern Swaback, FAIA, who incorporated many of the sustainable concepts that Frank Lloyd Wright espoused and realized in his work — long before LEED certification and “green” design and construction. Swaback was one of Wright’s last apprentices. About eight years ago, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom one-level was built on 1.7 acres by Salcito Builders of Scottsdale. The home celebrates Zen simplicity, serenity, and mystery, with multiple water features and remembrances of the owners’ many work and travel years in Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar and China. “Because it was designed and built prior to the program’s widespread acceptance, the home was not intended for LEED certification, but we wanted to make sustainable efforts in good design and material selections,” explains Mike Wetzel, AIA, design partner at Swaback. “Our goal for this project was to use simple architectural geometry to create strong linear elements, maintaining a low profile, yet giving volume to major spaces: Wright themes for his desert homes,” Wetzel explains. This the design accomplished by means of a structural steel and wood-truss frame and angled linear soffits that arch toward the sky — an architectural heliotropism thematic in both Wright’s and Swaback’s works.