Great Room: Contemporary Luxury in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The focal point of the great room is a rammed earth wall, which is 60 feet long 3 feet thick. The wall is complete with natural striations that not only serve as a beautiful piece of art but also as an energy-efficient thermal mass system that prevents heat from penetrating interior spaces. This wall extends to the covered exterior terrace, creating a feeling of the outside living within. The transparent sliding walls of glass work in sync with the infinity-edge pool, allowing the house to breathe as the wind is gently drawn across the water and into the living space.