Brandon Architects has created a contemporary house that blends into the environment Vegas desert with stacked Pierrevanishing glazing and reflective water features.
The Costa Mesa-based studio completed the 5,800-square-foot (539-square-meter) contemporary home — known as Cloud Chaser — overlooking Las Vegas in 2022.
The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home “brings elevated Southern California sophistication to the Vegas lifestyle,” the founder said Brandon Architects founder Christopher Brandon.
A sloping roof crowns heavy stone walls pierced by glazing fixed in a black metal framework.
The architecture studio was inspired by the earth-toned, rock-piled retaining walls that terrace the community of Ascava.
“We decided to play on this aesthetic by designing a stacked dry stone ‘feature wall’ that spans the full length of the main entrance sequence,” the studio said.
“The intention was to create a feeling as if we had just picked up some of these large boulders found on site to put the house together to create a real sense of connection to the site.”
To juxtapose the dry-stacked rough stone, Brandon Architects used raked stone panels for an imperfect yet refined texture that runs throughout the home.
The house’s sharp angles create dramatic shadows that emphasize the weight of the roofline, especially towards the pool.
A glazed enfilade aligns the entry way, water features, and spa with the centerline of the Vegas Strip.
“Our intention was to create a framed view of the Strip from the moment you open the front door into the courtyard,” the studio noted.
“When you enter the lobby, your eyes immediately turn to the floor-to-ceiling windows capturing the close-range views.”
Each room flows from the inside out through 12-foot-high (3.6-meter) glass doors. In the living room, the glazing fits entirely into the adjacent wall for a 55-foot (16.7 meter) unobstructed view of the pool and valley.
Inside, the furniture in neutral tones designed by Morrison Interiors complement the stone and wood textures “to reflect the raw beauty of the nearby mountains,” the studio said.
Sculptural wooden pedestal tables are balanced by delicate metallic details like hanging steel pendant lights and mirrors.
In order to take advantage of the evaporative cooling characteristics of Nevada’s desert climate, the studio placed water features near the operable windows.
The shallow pond along the entrance is in line with the angular pool accessed by steps that appear to float in the water.
“At night, lights from the Strip are picked up and reflected off the water from certain angles, creating a dramatic effect,” the studio said.
The photograph is from Ryan Garvin.
Architecture: Brandon Architects
Interiors: Morrison Interiors
Builder: Nevada RE, LLC.