The Barrio House

Tucson, AZ


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Designed for an empty lot in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo, the Barrio house blends the needs of 21st century family living with the neighborhood’s historic context and guidelines.

Combining diverse materials, colors and textures into a rich, urban collage, the Barrio house is reminiscent of a Sonoran row-house design that incorporates a “shotgun” plan with living spaces organized at both ends of a main corridor. The building form takes its cues from what is regionally known as the Territorial Style, incorporating elements and materials that settlers from the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard first imported to Tucson in the late 1800’s with the advent of the railroad.

Designed with future expansion in mind, the Barrio house is conceived and sited to accommodate the potential expansion of an additional bedroom or conversion of the garage into an office or guest house.