“The expressive, geological form of this two-story private home couldn’t be more apt for its setting,” says Architizer of Ventana House, designed by CAPLA Professor of Practice in Architecture Michael Kothke and partner Kathy Hancox of Tucson-based HK Associates.
The residential house was the top reader’s choice for architecture projects in October 2022 in Architizer, which was founded as an online resource in 2009 to “empower architects with information to build better buildings, better cities and better worlds.” Kothke and Hancox’s residential project topped other unique architectural projects around the world, including an exhibition center in South Korea, tiny house in Iran, residences in Belgium and Poland, a public office building in Minneapolis and an urban art installation in Ethiopia.
“Sitting proudly at the foot of the Catalina Mountains, the Ventana House straddles a line between the sprawling desert and a protected mountain peak,” says Architizer. “Yet, the rock metaphor can be extended. As the architects explain, the building is ‘like a geode,’ with a surprisingly elegant, inviting and light-filled interior, the spaces of which are sequenced to move visitors through space cinematically by reorienting them while simultaneously revealing both interior and exterior spaces through the gaping windows.”
Kothke, who joined CAPLA in 2006, is an award-winning architect and educator. He has been recognized with the Commendation for Teaching by students of the School of Architecture, the Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award by the University of Arizona, Educator of the Year by AIA Arizona, Most Admired Educator by DesignIntelligence, AIAS Educator Honor Award by the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Young Architect Award by the American Institute of Architects. With Kathy Hancox, he is co-principal of HK Associates, an award-winning architectural practice.