Wind @Twenty-Six is the last in a four-project series called ELEMENTS. It is a 1,800 sf ground-up infill home designed, developed and built by RD Design Team, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. It is located on 28th Street and Thomas in central Phoenix, close to the 16th and Thomas Street hub and close to the southern border of Scottsdale.
Wind @Twenty-Six incorporates high-impact architectural features in a modest-sized home including beautiful tactile materials, daylight harvesting and an indoor-outdoor living space. The house employs raw exposed materials as part of the vocabulary of our brand of desert modernism such as rusted corrugated metal, sealed concrete and reclaimed wood siding. The living room is enhanced by a wall that lights up with a cascade of daylight coming down from a hidden clerestory window above. A beautiful patio in the back not only provides great outdoor living space but is also incorporated into the interior of the living room through a wall of glass and transparent patio doors. An artful cantilevered trellis above the patio adorns the outdoor space with a changing pattern of shadows that can be enjoyed both from the patio itself and from inside the house. The patio is outfitted with a custom six-foot long linear fire pit with a glass top and surrounded by a bench made from a reclaimed glulam beam. In a nod to the area’s midcentury modern heritage, we used mosaic tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. And as a final touch in creating a unique identity for this house, we installed a Soleri wind chime that produces a relaxing sound, marks the flow of the wind, and celebrates the legendary local architect and artist.
With sustainability as a core value at RD Design Team, we incorporated quite a few energy and water-saving features in the house. We used ultra-efficient LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, dual flush toilets, material-efficient 2x6 wood framing, R-19 insulated walls, R-38 insulated roof, low VOC paint, high-efficiency water heater, double-glazed low-e windows, Energy Star exhaust fans, recycled quartz countertops, Energy Star programmable thermostats and low-water desert landscaping. We also created a space designed for a vegetable and herb garden with easy access from the kitchen to encourage residents to grow some of their own food.
The home is located at a convenient distance from the vibrant central Phoenix district and the cultural amenities of Old Town Scottsdale. Wind@Twenty-six fills in a vacant lot in an established older Phoenix neighborhood, completing the neighborhood fabric and bringing visual and social continuity to the area, not to mention increasing the value of the neighborhood.