From Mongolian yurts, to cookie-cutter tract houses to tree houses to tiny houses to a plethora of mega mansions dripping in excess, houses come in as many shapes and sizes as the people who choose to live in them. Rarely does a residential structure actually surprise us with its uniqueness like the inspired Five-Degree Residence.
A true study in geometry and spatial volume, its name comes from the main concrete support wall being tilted five degrees from which the rest of the house plays out. Constructed of steel, concrete and glass in a quiet North Phoenix neighborhood, walls of glass take in both city lights and mountain views. Multiple skylights ensure sunlight and a close connection with the outdoors in every room, including the laundry room. Sized at 3,200 square feet, the house has three bedrooms - all with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to patios, three baths and includes an air conditioned workshop along with a maintenance free desert landscape and a heated pool that can be turned into a lap pool. A mountain preserve and hiking trails begin just across the street.
Most interesting and quite unique is the creative use of LED lighting to accent the most outstanding architectural features of the house. There are lights in the concrete floor that change color that light both the floor inside the house and the patio ceiling below, making the ceiling look like stars in the night sky. There are lights emanating from both sides of the stairs as well as a tall light following the exterior five-degree slant to the structural wall.
The Five-Degree home recently sold for $799,000.
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