If ever there was a house to get me to move to the boiling hot desert, it would be this one – the Desert Courtyard House by Wendell Burnette Architects. Its Scottsdale, Arizona site is a peninsula of granite outcroppings and Saguaro cacti that levels out where the house is built, affording views of distant mountains. Sit back and mentally move in, like I have.

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The structure was constructed from excavated soil and cement, one of the oldest methods of construction called rammed earth.

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The home opens up to a serene courtyard with the surrounding building featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows that blur the separation between indoors and out.

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The courtyard feels protected and private with open views of the desert sky. The interior spaces surrounding it benefit from the light flooding the central area.

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

An Elegantly, Mind Blowing Home in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Photos by Bill Timmerman.