Modern Response to an Architecturally Challenging Site: Monk's Shadow Residence

Modern Response to an Architecturally Challenging Site: Monk’s Shadow Residence

Monk’s Shadow is a diverse contemporary residence designed by Kendle Design Collaborative and located in Paradise Valley, Arizona. According to the architects, this design of this project answers to the challenges of the existing site: A narrow lot with 60’ of vertical elevation combined with a restrictive Hillside Zoning Ordinance made designing a conventional home impossible. In response the home is divided by use: parents zone including master suite, primary family and entertainment functions, the teenager zone including bedrooms, game room, pool access and one of two garages and guest zone including a bed/bath suite and small great room that doubles as the owner’s home office. The levels are connected through stairs and each interior has commanding views of the distant mountains and the Valley of the Sun. Its unusual name- Monk’s Shadow- is borrowed from a natural formation located nearby known as the Praying Monk.






  • Carmen Brodeur March 13, 2011 at 17:05 PMLogin to Reply →

    That is a great example of some of the incredible architecture in Paradise Valley AZ. I love how they incorporated some of the best views of the Praying Monk on Camelback Mountain.

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  • Clay Stephens June 16, 2011 at 10:14 AMLogin to Reply →

    Fabulous! I see some F.L. Wright influences.Great lines! The modern architecture plays beautifully off the craggy, rocky landscape.