If one only relied on Lao Tzu’s claim “The excellence of a dwelling is in its site,” all would be said in regard to this Residence. The site at The Ridges (former Howard Hughes property) is a front line promontory affording arguably the best panoramic view of the Strip, desert, and mountains in Las Vegas. And then there are the gardens: carefully landscaped with a desert palette, but functional with greensward, fruit trees, herb garden and specimen plantings, each selected to be drought tolerant and environmentally compatible. Yet this is just the setting for a dialogue of serious works of art, architecture, and landscape which as a piece affords a most comfortable and sophisticated lifestyle – a lifestyle which clearly re-defines, on a more conscious level, the meaning of residential luxury in the desert.
The personal daily interaction with the art and architecture is elevating. Carefully planned indoor-outdoor relations of the architecture bring a close connection to sustaining nature. Subtle trails invite one into the gardens, while a morning or evening respite within Turrell’s ever changing art forces a continuing deeper awareness of how pre-conceived perceptions limit one’s view of the world within which we live. The precision of the industrially fabricated steel and glass structure itself calms the mind with its re-assuring order, but with its natural free-flow across the landscape, it is not limiting or constricted by an imposed geometry. The residence is not just cerebral; it has been designed to enhance the health and happiness of its occupants. There is a luxurious outdoor spa contiguous to the master bath; physical exercise is provided for with a long lap pool, and the subterranean indoor basketball court.
The grand two story living room, dining pavilion, wine cellar, and theatre accommodate formal entertaining, while the over-sized glass walled eat-in kitchen, which flows out to wide verandah-like patios, is the ideal focus for casual interaction with family and close friends. Within the 24 hour guard gated Ridges enclave, this residence is sited on approximately 1.5 acres, and incorporates: additional gated and fenced security, master controlled sophisticated electronics and security, master suite, three additional bedrooms, guest house, 7 baths, living room, dining room, theatre, indoor basketball court, wine cellar, laundry, subterranean 6 car garage/workshop, and additional secure off-street parking.