In the Details | Red Rock Residence - Design Bureau

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When it comes to the exterior, Marten says he likes to use colors and textures found in the natural landscape. “This is not a place to stand out and try to compete with the environment,” Marten says. “The magnificent desert setting will always win.”

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With its stucco walls and protective metal roof, the outdoor pavilion is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. A fireplace keeps the space cozy after the sun goes down.

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The home’s floor-to-ceiling glass window walls bring the stunning outdoor landscape into the living room. Outside, an artificial eco-lawn adds a pop of out-of-the-ordinary color.

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Marten says he designed the kitchen with cooking and entertaining in mind. The island, made of granite and Caesarstone, has a connecting bar where guests can sit and watch dinner being prepared. Oak cabinets and polished concrete flooring frame the space with natural elements.

Master Bedroom

The functions of a minimalist home can compete with its clean look. To combat this problem in the Kayenta home, Marten used Wilding Wallbeds, which incorporate comfort and style. “We have a great team of woodworkers who tailor each bed to the customer’s specific needs,” says owner Dan Wilding.

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In the Details | Red Rock Residence

Friday, July 19th, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Photos by Danny Lee Photography

The Kayenta Community Concept Home isn’t your typical model house. Then again, Kayenta isn’t your average residential development. Set amidst a backdrop of Utah’s red rock mountains, the 2,000-acre community is a man-made oasis surrounded by protected desert. Matthew Marten, principal of Gulch Design Group, designs Kayenta’s homes to work with the natural environment, as his father, the developer, originally intended. Marten’s concept home also responds to a goal of his own: to integrate modernist architecture with the style of America’s Southwest. Accordingly, the 2,800-square-foot home features minimalist elements and spectacular views of the surrounding landscape from just about every room. “With the 360-degree view and floor-to-ceiling glass typical of traditional modern design, [the home’s design] brings the outdoors indoors and blurs the line between the two,” Marten says. The materials are basic—concrete, steel, wood, glass, and stone—but the clean lines and subtle details give Marten’s designs a rich, comfortable character that is light and fresh.

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