image collage

image collage

viewfinder device

viewfinder device

view from the south

view from the south

entry

entry

exterior from the north

exterior from the north

exterior from the east

exterior from the east

site plan

site plan

concept drawing - exterior

concept drawing - exterior

concept drawing - interior

concept drawing - interior

model

model

entry stair

entry stair

gallery

gallery

second level bridge

second level bridge

kitchen

kitchen

library

library

studio

studio

interior details

interior details

House for a Magician

Las Vegas, NV

This project is a three level 4500 square foot house for a Magician in the Nevada desert. The residence is constructed on a 35 degree sloped site with a southwest orientation, and is built on a solid 'caliche' mix of natural concrete and volcanic rock.  The area is sparsely vegetated low desert, and experiences climate extremes between 35 and 120 degrees. 

 

The house utilizes a system of layering to respond to the brutality and beauty of the desert site.  Specific views through framed openings edit the experience of vast desert.  Passive solar techniques were extensively used throughout; the thick southern wall wraps around the south and east creating a series of protected exterior balconies.  On the north side, the house opens up to a shaded terrace which is oriented to the distant view of Las Vegas. 

A 10,000 volume library lies at the center of the house, which also features a forced-perspective gallery, study, exercise room, and catwalk.   The circulation winds up through the house to terminate in a crow's nest lookout and hidden deck.  Secret passages allow clandestine movement between spaces. 

designed in collaboration with Sigrid Pollin

© 2016 by KEVIN O'BRIEN ARCHITECT

Kevin O'Brien Architect | Los Angeles | Pasadena | La Canada Flintridge | California

626-765-7660