rising star: luis ibarra and teresa rosano, ra, leed ap

Working with extreme desert conditions rather than fighting against them, Luis Ibarra and Teresa Rosano fashioned hardy materials like galvanized steel and concrete into elegant tableaus on the Winter Residence.

The Garcia Residence's conrete block structure follows the contours of the steep hillside lot, while its thermal mass works wonders in keeping interiors cool.

Oversized, loftlike windows carefully frame the dramatic scenery.

Even as a fledgling firm designing its first new house, Ibarra Rosano let the landscape lead the design.

Ibarra and Rosano used their landscaping design prowess to transform a side door into a grand entrance for the Moltz landscape commission.

The abstract entry arch also draws guests toward the outdoor living area, with its desert-viewing platform.

Glulam beams form an extruded window seat overlooking the entry courtyard.

Integrated color in the split-faced concrete block helps the Downing Residence blend into its surrounding rock outcroppings.

The firm frequently uses enclosed courtyards, like this one at Six, to maxaimize cross-ventilation.

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