Riverfront Residence
   
Aerial View of the Riverfront Residence Desert Greenroof; Photo: Sierra ImagesProject Name: Riverfront Residence
Year: 2003
Owner: Stan McKenzie
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Building Type: Single-Family Residential
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 1800 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: June Rettig, Bil Taylor Associates

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect / Principal: Bil Taylor, Bil Taylor Associates Inc.
Architect: Chris Evans
Landscaping Installation: Desert Glen Landscaping
Roofing Company: Progressive Roofing Inc.
Waterproofing: Sarnafil Roofing
Landscape Architect: Quetzalli Bartholomaei, Blue Mesa Studios
A beautiful desert landscape on the roof; Photo Courtesy Bil TaylorPhoto Courtesy Bil TaylorPhoto Courtesy Bil Taylor
The Riverfront Residence project was completed on June 9, 2003. Designer's Intent: Mitigate run-off, self-shading effect of plants, visibility from road, aesthetics from within the house.

Grant: ADEQ matching funds grant.

Awards: 2005 AIA/Tucson Lifestyle "Home of the Year" Award; 2005 Arizona Department of Water Resources & Tohono Chul Park Judges Xeriscape Award; 2004 Southern Arizona AIA Merit Award.
Interior views of the desert on the roof and beyond; Photo Courtesy Bil TaylorInterior views of the grasses; Photo Courtesy Bil Taylor
Sarnafil Roofing
Lightweight soil mix - 5" deep
Desert plants - Grasses and flowering groundcovers designed and specified by Blue Mesa Studios.

Additional thumbnail photos:

Roof detail; Photo Courtesy Bil TaylorThe soothing cool colors of the desert roof; Photo Courtesy Bil Taylor
Read the case study from Bil Taylor Associates Inc. Contact Bil Taylor at 520.792.9544 and bil@taylordesignbuild.com and Quetzalli Bartholomaei, RLA, ASLA of Blue Mesa Studios at 520.624.0500 and kelzi@bluemesa.com.

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