San Antonio, Texas-based firm Lake|Flato Architects has brought its characteristically modern Western style to its latest creation, a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Brown Residence blends beautifully with its natural surroundings. Through mindful design, each interior space offers extensive views of the surrounding desert and distant mountains. Large pivoting doors and lots of glass allow natural light to flood the home while well-placed metal overhangs and shades protect those within from the harsh Arizona sun. The house itself is quite a sight, but I must say that my favorite part of the property is its outdoor living spaces, complete with expert xeriscaping, fire pits, and plunge pools.