Cosanti in Scottsdale AZ
Paolo Soleri, founder of Arcosanti, settled on a 5-acre plot in Paradise Valley in 1955. He was later joined by his students and began work on the experimental buildings of Cosanti. Designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment. Its structures feature many imaginative design elements, reflecting Soleri’s innovative construction techniques.
Most of these structures were built using the earth-casting method. Concrete was poured over pre-shaped (curved and sometimes colored with cement pigments) earthen forms; the earth excavated once the concrete solidified. Many are built below ground level and surrounded by mounds of earth. This acts as natural insulation to help moderate interior temperatures year round. South facing apses are used at Cosanti and Arcosanti as year-round outdoor workspaces, providing sunny space in the winter and shady conditions in the summer as the architecture employs the changing angle of the sun.
Soleri Studios at Cosanti
Soleri Studios is a production site for Soleri windbells and sculptures. Proceeds from Bronze and Ceramic crafts provide a major source of the funding for Arcosanti construction. These pieces are sold in the Cosanti and Arcosanti galleries and are available online on the Cosanti Originals Website. The Gallery offers:
- Soleri Bronze Bells, Sculpture and Special Assemblies
- Soleri Ceramic Bells, Planters and Ceramic Tiles
- Publication (Books, Videos, CDs, Postcards, etc.)
- Original Drawings and Limited Edition Prints
Guided tours of The Studios of Paolo Soleri
See structures designed and hand-crafted by architect Paolo Soleri and his staff. Weather permitting, witness a foundry pour and learn about the process of hand-making Soleri bells. Additional group tours by reservation only. Foundry demonstration available weekdays around 10:30 am and 11:30 am for $8.
Time: Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.
Cost: $15.00 per guest.
More Information: 480.206.8228 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Address and Visiting Hours:
6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253 (map)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Sunday
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