When you think of Las Vegas, you may only think of the strip and all its dazzling lights, but there’s far more to the city if you venture out. assemblageSTUDIO designed the tresARCA house as a layered structure where the materials develop as a mass as you go from the basement up, much like the layers of the earth.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The materials change with each layer giving the home a diverse mix of textures that reference various rock formations. The top floor is encased in a mesh screen that is decorative and acts as protection from the harsh desert sun.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The home is designed to let the residents live both indoors and out with large windows and doors that open up to let the interior expand to the outside.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Exterior courtyards were created in different spots with shade incorporated to protect from the hot sun. I’m loving the swinging sofa and embedded fire strips that will keep you warm when the sun goes down.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Oh hi there, dreamy pool…

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The gourmet kitchen features various sized glass tile laid out in a random pattern going up the entire wall behind the stove.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Grey marble floors contrast with the blackened steel panels on the walls, which create the perfect backdrop for that amazing painting.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The massive chandelier that hangs in the open stairwell is made up of tons of lightbulbs that are organically formed into a cascading mass. It was designed by Annika Newell.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

The exterior mesh screen forms all kinds of shadows on the interior.

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Can we just talk about that tub for a minute?!

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

tresARCA: A Modern House in the Desert in main architecture  Category

Photos by Bill Timmerman and Zack Hussain.