The Xeros residence (2006) is one of the most recognizable and critically-acclaimed residential architectural works in the American Southwest today, and has earned recognition among the most prominent and elite residential projects in the world. The Xeros residence, and other significant design works of blank studio, inc., have been celebrated the world over with exhibitions in New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo.
The Xeros residence has become an icon in the modern architectural landscape, distinguished by its unique bold design, realized through impeccable detailing and construction with genuine materials.
As described by Suzanne Stephens for Architectural Record (2006):
The interior juxtapositions of lustrously brittle, white walls and the silky smooth, dark plywood planes bring to mind Mies van der Rohe predilection for luxurious woods and marbles in his houses But if Mies spirit seems to hover over certain finishes, or the prim lightness of a rectilinear plan, Le Corbusier lurks in some of the volumetric spatial effects Xeros Residence demonstrates, oxidized steel cannot only elegantly and acerbically wrap a lean, rectilinear structure, but, through its rusty tinge on diaphanous and corrugated textures, it can also brings a fresh dimension to classic Modernist principles, (Stephens, 2006).
The residence offers the intangible experience of purposeful design through rigorous composition, the manipulation of desert light, and highlights the concept of journey through a variety of spaces. The name Xeros is derived from the Greek word for as a constant reminder that all design decisions must be mindful of place and site Xeros is located in a unique double-lot condition in the Valley of the Sun, adjacent to the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of North Central Phoenix.
Xeros was named a Record House by Architectural Record (2006), has been awarded Honors from the American Institute of Architects (2006), selected by World Architecture News as a finalist for Project of the Year (2007), and in 2008 has just been awarded Project of the Year by Residential Architect Magazine. Since its completion, Xeros has been consistently published in periodicals and books, with additional publications in progress presently. To date, the Xeros residence has been featured in more than 40 publications world-wide. Among these publications are: GA Houses (#95, 2006), Detail Magazine (#5, 2007), and Dwell Magazine (Sept, 2006).
Some of the books featuring the residence include: International Houses Atlas (Berlin, 2007), The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects (Australia, 2007), Residential Designs for the 21st Century: An International Collection (Berlin, 2007), Area #93 Private Houses (Italy, 2007), Young Architects Americas (Cologne, 2007), Magic Metal: Buildings of Steel, Aluminum, Copper + Tin (Berlin, 2007), and Phoenix: 21st Century City (London, 2006); reference www.blankspaces.net for full publication citations.
The architect-owner of Xeros will discuss this offering personally with serious individuals interested in acquiring this residence of architectural significance, and a personal tour may be arranged with the architect for selected persons.
Additional features of the home include:
Expansive Desert Mountain Preserve view to the North, and City Views to the South
Iconic Steel Construction and Refined Steel Detailing
Monumental Steel Custom-Rolled Spiral Stair
Work/Studio Space with Loft separated from Living/Residence Volume
Custom Millwork, Cast Concrete, Hand-Applied Plaster with Wax Finish
Water Feature and Reflecting Pool
Enclosed Lower and Upper Level Outdoor Seating Areas
Double-Size Lot with Desert Landscape
Stainless Steel Appliances with Dual Fuel Jenn Air Range and Commercial Refrigeration
Master Bath with Philippe Starck Duravit fixtures