Lake|Flato’s design for the residence at Ascaya emphasizes the luxury of exquisite craft in a breathtaking desert setting. Starting with a frontage of rammed earth that operates as a true thermal mass on the south and west facades, the building opens up with masonry, steel and wood to the north and east, featuring views to downtown Las Vegas and the surrounding mountains beyond. A living room sits both inside and outside, covered by a porch and hugged by glass sliding doors that highlight the desert views. The landscape uses native plantings to accentuate the natural desert beauty while channeling scarce local rainfall into a water courtyard for a pleasing emotional effect. Situated between a ravine and cascading mountains, the home’s orientation treasures the balance of proximate vistas of foothill topography, further scenes of busy downtown Vegas, and contours of distant sunlit mountains. Lake|Flato’s design for Ascaya exhibits a timeless elegance that simultaneously feels natural and of its place.