David Hovey’s Eco-Desert Compound in Arizona
Amazing House in Arizona!
A concrete fusion, glass and steel create a wave of horizontal and vertical contours that wrap around a central courtyard and work to form the basis for this modern-industrial desert compound.
Built in 2003 in Desert Mountain, an affluent north Scottsdale neighborhood that borders Cave Creek and Carefree, Hovey was able to push the architectural envelope as “’experimental labs’ to understand the vast difference of architecture in a desert environment.” And experiment he did, as Hovey created a massive 11,700-square-foot compound that employs an open and vaulted feel with all the luxury trimmings, including a home theater, recreation area, workshop, viewing galleries and even a separate guest house complete with a private spa.
Besides its stunning design, the home, listed for $7.5 million, also takes a creative spin on ‘going green’ with a number of inventive and environmentally friendly features. Of the energy-saving aspects, Hovey realized a unique way of incorporating solar panels into his design: using the solar panels as the canvas for the many patio awnings found throughout the exterior of the compound. A series of smaller windows, built within the floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, were also implemented in various areas to create natural breezeways for those cool desert nights.