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The Onion Tower on the 2023 Home Tour

After a fire destroyed much of the original structure, this house was reborn and rose like a phoenix to celebrate its Sonoran Desert location. Drawing inspiration from architect Philip Johnson’s “Glass House,” this masterpiece commands attention with an 18-foot-high by 50-foot-wide square glass cube that intersects seamlessly with the home’s ranch footprint. With modern lines and timeless materials such as quartz, clay plaster, stucco and latilla, the residence remains firmly rooted in its desert environment, a testament to the enduring harmony between architecture and nature. The result is a space where joy, artistic collaboration and authenticity flourish. For all who enter, this haven holds a sacred space for both playfulness and authenticity, made possible through intentional and sophisticated design.

At a Glance

Year built: 1971

Year remodeled: 2023

Square footage: 5,500

The Designers

Builder:
4 Gen Homes, 4genhomes.com

Interior Designer: 
Anita Lang
IMI Design, imidesignstudio.com

Sources are provided as an acknowledgment only and do not constitute a recommendation. Items or services not listed are either pre-existing or available through the design principals noted.

Resource Guide 

Builder: 4 Gen Homes, Phoenix, 4genhomes.com. Interior designer: Anita Lang, IMI Design, Scottsdale, imidesignstudio.com. Wood flooring: Premiere Wood Floors, Scottsdale, premierewoodfloors.com. Flagstone flooring: Solstice Stone, Scottsdale, solsticestone.com. Recessed lighting: Lightform Lighting, Scottsdale, lightformlighting.com. Metal work: Ironwood Metal Works, Glendale, ironwoodmetalworks.com. Plaster: Saguaro Interior Finishes, Phoenix, saguarodrywall.com. Shades: Scottsdale Shade and Light, Scottsdale, scottsdaleshadeandlight.com. ENTRY—Front door: Linear Fine Wood Working, Phoenix, linearfinewoodworking.com. KITCHEN—Appliances: subzero-wolf.com. Plumbing: Studio 41, Scottsdale, shopstudio41.com; waterworks.com; kohler.com. LIVING ROOM—Sectional: Space Bazaar, Scottsdale, thespacebazaar.com. DINING ROOM—Table: thespacebazaar.com. SECONDARY BATH—Vanities, stairs and screens: Peter Thomas Designs, Phoenix, peterthomasdesigns.com. Vanity tops: SlabHaus, Phoenix, slabhaus.com.

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