In furthering their design education, two young architects decide to be their own designers, clients, and builders. The result? A completely bespoke house where everything is handmade, even the sinks.
Architects Jay Atherton and Cy Keener, friends from graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, created an out-of-the-ordinary house in downtown Phoenix using the ubiquitous desert building material, concrete block. With rigor, thought, and time, the pair wanted to accomplish as much as possible using just a few materials. Were they successful? Their unconventional and edgy kitchen details and the subsequent founding of their firm, Atherton Keener, might suggest that they were.
Above: The architects made all the cabinets (bathroom, kitchen, hallway storage) out of plywood which they dyed black. Instead of handles, they cut out narrow slots in the cabinets to serve as hand pulls.