On a starkly magnificent mountainside 800 feet above El Paso, Texas, architects Darci Hazelbaker and Dale Rush have designed a modernist masterpiece befitting the rugged landscape on which it is perched. Sweeping views of the city below and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in the distance are matched in beauty only by the terrain surrounding the 5,200-square-foot home. Backing up on two sides to national parkland, the three-story home essentially becomes one with the natural wilderness it abuts.
To blend in the Franklin Mountain House with its environment, Tucson-based firm Hazelbaker Rush built much of the three-story residence with the naturally occurring volcanic rock basalt and granite. Only the white stucco of the third level provides contrast to the rocky hillside. In fact, when viewed from a distance, the lower floors seem to blend into the terrain like a modernist chameleon.