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This Light-filled Contemporary Home Design Was Made to Showcase Art

Michael J. Pickard Modern Home

Light is an essential feature of this stunning contemporary home design by Michael J. Pickard, AIA. Completed in 2009 in Arcadia in Phoenix, Arizona, this midcentury-inspired masterpiece rests on nearly an acre of carefully maintained terrain with light flowing in from all sides, which in turn highlight the works of art that embellish interior spaces.

The home’s facade is, for the most part, made up of glass. Interior and exterior spaces seamlessly blend with one another and to top it off, the surrounding scenery includes gorgeous views of nearby Camelback Mountain.

Michael J. Pickard Modern Home

This home really combines the elements of midcentury modern design with creative, cutting-edge forms. A single-pitch metal roof covers the main living and entertainment areas, flanked by a pair of “floating-roof” wings. Another notable feature at the facade is the curved architectural-masonry wall leading from the driveway, which leads through a chic, 30-foot-long gallery entry all the way to the back yard through a telescoping wall of glass. Again, the outside is brought in and vice versa.

The corridor showcases artworks and features a row of small blue-glass clerestory window “fins”, which bring in natural light while creating shimmering geometric shapes across the white ceiling. A matching line of inbuilt spotlights ensure light doesn’t fall short at night time. 

Michael J. Pickard Modern Home
Michael J. Pickard Modern Home

Stretching over 4,360 square feet, this single family home accommodated four bedrooms and three baths and is equipped with all the modern amenities, including fireplace, 30-foot swimming pool with salt-water system, garden/patio spaces and a three car garage with room for storage.

While the front of the house is very exposed, the back remains rather private. Mature lemon and orange trees as well as bushes surround the poolside area, closing the back of the home off from outsiders. Massive sliding glass doors allow easy access between inside and out at the back. 

Michael J. Pickard Modern Home
Michael J. Pickard Modern Home
Michael J. Pickard Modern Home
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Back inside, the generous Master Suite featuring high quality Timborana hardwood floors is coupled with a spa-like bath. The same hardwood flooring is repeated in the main areas of the home, including kitchen, dining and living spaces. Conceptualized to showcase art, pieces can be found hanging on the walls of each room. 

This stunning home is on sale at $2,300,000 !