April 13, 2018 / Property Spotlight

Architecture of the Desert: The Pueblo Style

Luxury Defined showcases a collection of deluxe Pueblo-themed homes

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The Desert Southwest is a landscape of painted skies, red-rock mesas, fragrant piñon pine, and earthen-hued Pueblo-style dwellings. The region’s earliest structures were crafted by ancient peoples from adobe bricks, a blend of earth and clay subsoils mixed with water, bound with straw and fibers, and cured in the sun. The Pueblo cultures built multi-story, conjoined complexes that could communally house entire villages—even small cities—that still stand today. Cool in summer, warm in winter, the buildings were adapted by 16th-century Spanish colonialists. The early 20th century saw a rebirth, with Pueblo Revival architecture becoming ubiquitous in the Southwest. The style’s quintessential features include vigas, structural wooden beams that transverse the interior and pierce through the exterior walls; beautiful herringbone pattern latillas; rounded corners; recessed niches; flat roofs; and smooth, stuccoed surfaces. This Luxury Defined collection spotlights five Pueblo-themed homes reimagined for the 21st century.

Sonoran Compound
Scottsdale, Arizona

Built into the boulders, this adobe compound is in harmony with the Sonoran Desert landscape.Built into the boulders, this adobe compound is in harmony with the Sonoran Desert landscape.Built into the boulders, this adobe compound is in harmony with the Sonoran Desert landscape.Built into the boulders, this adobe compound is in harmony with the Sonoran Desert landscape.

Nestled among stunning boulder outcroppings and a horticultural masterpiece of cacti and succulents, with majestic mountain views, this multi-structure family compound offers sanctuary in the desert. Conceived and created by the team of Jeff Biever Architecture and Mariette Gomez Design Group, this estate combines a traditional Pueblo-inspired exterior with soft contemporary interior finishes, creating light, bright and dramatic living areas with seamless indoor to outdoor flow, dedicated spaces for artworks, and easy movement between the three main levels by private elevator or open stairway.

The Opera House
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Opera House, a magnificent Pueblo Revival residence on 11 high-desert acres is one of the finest homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The Opera House, a magnificent Pueblo Revival residence on 11 high-desert acres is one of the finest homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The Opera House, a magnificent Pueblo Revival residence on 11 high-desert acres is one of the finest homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The Opera House, a magnificent Pueblo Revival residence on 11 high-desert acres is one of the finest homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Beauty, provenance, and craftsmanship converge in this circa-1930s Pueblo Revival residence on 11 verdant acres overlooking the high desert in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico. Built by John Dempsey, governor of New Mexico from 1943 to 1947, the property is known as the Opera House, so-named for its legendary Santa Fe Opera parties. The main residence has been fully restored and masterfully updated with three guesthouses, an Australian-inspired “Classic Clay” tennis court with viewing pavilion and locker rooms, plus a swimming pool and spa thoughtfully integrated into the wooded landscape and beautifully appointed with rock terracing and lavish gardens.  

Villa Abali
Marrakesh, Morocco

The geometric forms and earthen hues of this Moroccan villa resonate with the Pueblo Revival style of the American Southwest.The geometric forms and earthen hues of this Moroccan villa resonate with the Pueblo Revival style of the American Southwest.The geometric forms and earthen hues of this Moroccan villa resonate with the Pueblo Revival style of the American Southwest.The geometric forms and earthen hues of this Moroccan villa resonate with the Pueblo Revival style of the American Southwest.

Villa Abali, a luxurious private compound near the Old City of Marrakesh, is a world away from the American Southwest, yet its terracotta-clay façade, colonnades and courtyards reveal the Moorish influences that led to the Pueblo Revival style. The property offers nearly 27,000 square feet of floor space across two luxurious dwellings. Designed by renowned Moroccan architect Karim El Achak, each residence is fully furnished with decor and objet d’art sourced from across the globe. The exquisite finishes include raised kiva-style fireplaces, tile floors, and beamed ceilings. The creation of landscape architect Camélia Bouazzaoui, the gardens are an oasis of native desert flora, cactus and palm gardens, and an olive grove, framed by the Ourika valley and the Atlas Mountains.

Pueblo Revival Ranch Estate
Santa Fe, New Mexico

This 35-acre equestrian estate, just 10 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza, features a traditional double-adobe home with classic details such as kiva fireplaces, viga wood beams, and covered porches.This 35-acre equestrian estate, just 10 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza, features a traditional double-adobe home with classic details such as kiva fireplaces, viga wood beams, and covered porches.This 35-acre equestrian estate, just 10 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza, features a traditional double-adobe home with classic details such as kiva fireplaces, viga wood beams, and covered porches.This 35-acre equestrian estate, just 10 minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza, features a traditional double-adobe home with classic details such as kiva fireplaces, viga wood beams, and covered porches.

This authentic Southwestern ranch estate near the historic Santa Fe Plaza encompasses 35 acres, with panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The main house has authentic Southwestern elements, including double adobe construction, viga beams, seven kiva fireplaces, and in-floor radiant heating. Other highlights include two master suites, a separate guest house, heated pool, desert landscaping, and perennial flower and vegetable gardens. The ranchland, which is zoned as seven flat parcels with three wells, includes a barn with four stalls and an office/art studio, a riding arena, and fenced pastures.

Western Sky Lane
Scottsdale, Arizona

Tradition and modernity combine at this deluxe adobe dwelling in Scottsdale, Arizona.Tradition and modernity combine at this deluxe adobe dwelling in Scottsdale, Arizona.Tradition and modernity combine at this deluxe adobe dwelling in Scottsdale, Arizona.Tradition and modernity combine at this deluxe adobe dwelling in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Magnificent mountain and Sonoran Desert views abound from this authentically crafted adobe home in the gated enclave of Legend Vista Estates. The courtyard entrance reveals a dramatic open and fluid floor plan with walls of windows which bring the outdoors in. Inside, reclaimed wood beams and coffered ceilings, custom cabinetry, stacked rock fireplaces, and rich tile floors are just a few of the many distinctive Pueblo-inspired features. The private quarters comprise two guest suites and a master suite with sitting area, cozy fireplace, and spa-style master bathroom. Other luxurious appointments include a great room, formal dining room, open-concept chef's kitchen, and a media room with wet bar.

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Lucy Carsen
Christie's International Real Estate

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