Configured at a diagonal on a corner lot, White Box No. 5—a modern desert residence—is an unexpectedly beautiful contradiction to its neighboring homes and a brilliant solution to a hot environment.

Located in Cameldale Estates, an exclusive enclave of 11 private residences in Paradise Valley, Ariz., the five-bedroom, 6,595-square-foot home and guest casita are oriented at an angle for solar considerations and to capture the magnificent views of nearby Camelback Mountain.

Due to its positioning, White Box No. 5 is designed to minimize heat gain during the hottest months and maximize it during the coldest. Because most rooms are recessed and protected from the blazing sun by deep overhangs, the interiors stay comfortable and the views intact.

The undulating nature of the architecture is evident on the home’s exterior, where thick travertine massing walls define and separate the interior spaces. Gorgeous hemlock ceilings and zinc fascia are standout design elements.

Inside, black and white dominates, with wood accents adding a masculine vibe. The bright and airy kitchen, dining room and living room meld into one open space that connects to the outdoors via floor-to-ceiling pocketing glass doors. The primary suite is a gracious blend of sophistication and comfort, exemplifying the homeowner’s style.

Highlighting the property is a luxurious backyard that connects the main house and guest casita. With the mountain as its backdrop, a sleek pool that doubles as a water feature, and integrated planting beds filled with greenery, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy Mother Nature at its finest.

This residence is the fifth white box study by architect C.P. Drewett.

Project Details//White Box No. 5
Cameldale Estates—Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Architecture: Drewett Works
Builder: Bedbrock Developers
Furnishings: Laura Kehoe Design
Interior finishes: Ownby Design
Landscape design: Bedbrock Developers
Photography: Laura Moss Photography
Videography: Phoenix Drone Service

Luxe Interiors + Design—July/Aug ’23