Desert Acres

Famous architects’ homes are on tour in Scottsdale. Every year, about 100,000 architecture lovers flock to one of the greatest landmark dwellings in the United States: Taliesin West in Scottsdale. Built in 1937, it was once the winter home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. If you’d rather visit an overlooked showstopper, look just nine miles away. On five desert acres stands the stunning Cosanti, the home of Italian architect Paolo Soleri. Arcosanti ceramics vault He arrived in Arizona midcentury, interned at Taliesin West under FLW, and lived in the area until his death last year. Soleri broke ground on Cosanti in 1955 using earthcasting, a technique designed to insulate rooms from the heat by building them below ground level. Travelers smitten by Soleri’s vision should extend their road trips 70 miles north to the 860-acre Arcosanti. Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 1.46.31 PM Started by volunteers in 1970, this experimental community was built to test techniques to combat urban sprawl. Multiple daily tours are offered. To support the continuing work of Arcosanti, buy the famous Soleri ceramic and bronze bells crafted at Cosanti’s foundry. No sound can compare. Soleri bells being carved