Ventana Canyon Residence – 6620 N Eagle Ridge Dr, Tucson, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

A five-bedroom modernist retreat high in the Catalina Foothills

  • Name: Ventana Canyon Residence
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Size: 6,480 sq. ft.
  • Lot: 4.0 acres
  • Built: 2007
  • Price: $8,250,000 USD – (08/09/2009)
  • Sold: $3,250,000 USD – (05/29/2018)

Perched atop the serene heights of the Catalina Foothills, the Ventana Canyon Residence redefines the intersection of art and architecture. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm StudioRick Joy in 2007, this concrete-and-glass marvel boasts a five-bedroom layout, offering a luxurious retreat seamlessly crafted within its natural setting. Its ingenious use of glass and steel creates a visual dialogue with the Tucson landscape, granting sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert through a majestic, wide aperture. The residence’s design ensures a gradual reveal of its splendors, guiding visitors from the more intimate, sheltered lower levels to the expansive living spaces above. From within, every room presents a tableau of mountain and desert, while the house itself, seen from afar, plays a captivating game of hide and seek with its onlookers, alternating between a private sanctuary and a prominent beacon.

The house’s interior is an ode to minimalism, where the theme of modernism echoes through its vast, airy rooms. It’s not just a residence; it’s a piece of living art, having been honored in the National Building Museum’s “House and Home” exhibit. The integration of black walnut wood throughout the home infuses warmth into its contemporary steel and cantilevered concrete structure. The exterior, sheathed in heavy gauge steel, and the lower level’s cast-in-place concrete, are as much about aesthetic appeal as they are about the innovative use of materials. A swimming pool and outdoor living area merge seamlessly with the cliffside, and a kitchen boldly cantilevered over the property’s slope highlights the home’s audacious design.

This architectural masterpiece, spanning a 4.0-acre property within the prestigious gated community of Ventana Canyon Mountain Estates, does not shy away from luxury. In addition to its breathtaking views from every room, the home includes an outdoor area meticulously carved into the cliff face, adding to the home’s exceptional character. Sold in 2018 to filmmaker Vincent Gallo, the residence continues to inspire and influence design with its pure contemporary style, demonstrating how architecture can embrace and enhance the rugged beauty of the Arizonian desert landscape.

  • Architect: Studio Rick Joy
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman, Jeff Goldberg / ESTO
  • Owner: Vincent Gallo – Filmmaker (2018)
  • Location: 6620 N Eagle Ridge Dr, Tucson, AZ 85750, USA

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