The spectacular, 360 degree, high desert views of the Ortiz, Sandia, and Santa Fe Mountains generated the openness of the design. The spaces are organized along a circulation spine that steps down 6 feet along the sloped site, keeping a low profile except for the tower that marks the entry. As seen from the other side of the watercourse, the color of the house camouflages it against the stone cliff.
The desire for outdoor living dictated the flow of space from inside to outside. Spaces are shaded from the sun, some with solid roofs and others with perforated metal. A star gazing deck is located on the roof of the garage attached to the house.
The owner, a collector of cars and motorcycles, needed garage space for 10 cars and 14 motorcycles. The design breaks up these masses and staggers them down the slope. The ceiling height of the lower garage allows for stacked car storage.