Construction Begins on 9,000 Square Foot ASCAYA Inspiration Home

Lake|Flato Designed residence is third to start construction, part of $35 million investment.

Henderson, NV, August 06, 2016 --( ASCAYA has started construction on its third of seven Inspiration Homes in the Henderson hillside community. The community’s developers have invested $35 million in Inspiration Homes that will be located throughout ASCAYA and provide future residents with both architectural and design inspiration. The home was designed by renowned architecture firm Lake|Flato.

The single-story residence measures approximately 9,000 square feet and seamlessly blends with its desert context. The combination of thick rammed earth walls, light steel structure and high performance glazing creates an environmentally sensitive modern home that will help set the standard for residences at ASCAYA. The house includes four bedrooms, a guest suite, media room and a four-car garage anchored by a large convertible living space that can fully open onto a series of courtyards and patios. Each of the home’s four bedrooms and guest suite offer unique views into courtyards or the broader desert landscape. The master bedroom connects to a private patio and has stunning views toward the Las Vegas city lights.

On a site located between a ravine and cascading mountains, the orientation of Lake|Flato’s Inspiration Home finds a perfect balance of the topography, scenes of Las Vegas’ iconic city lights and contours of the surrounding mountains. “Our Inspiration Home design for ASCAYA creates a modern home that embraces sustainability without compromising refinement,” said Andrew Herdeg, FAIA, partner at Lake|Flato and lead architect for the home. “The design reaches out to connect and blend with the surrounding site to form a series of intimate landscaped courtyards all of which provide amazing views of the city and surrounding mountains."

The rich color and texture of its two and a half foot thick rammed earth walls seamlessly connect the home to its desert environment while providing high-performance insulation against the intense summer heat. High-performing mechanical systems, strategically placed windows and a series of covered patios provide both energy efficiency and engagement of the natural landscape in the home.

The main living space in Lake|Flato’s Inspiration Home at ASCAYA is a large indoor-outdoor room that can be fully enclosed and conditioned or fully open to the adjacent courtyards and patios. “The room's large butterfly floats above the rammed earth wall allowing even indirect natural daylight throughout the day through its clerestory windows,” said Herdeg.

“Our overall goal was to create a home that allows its residents to engage and enjoy Southern Nevada’s amazing climate and landscapes,” said Herdeg. “All of the materials, spaces and views are thoughtfully designed to be very contextual in a truly modern design.”

Upon its completion, ASCAYA is expected to be home to one of the country’s foremost collections of Desert Contemporary architecture.

About Lake|Flato

Renowned architecture firm Lake|Flato’s designs evolve from an appreciation for the pragmatic solutions of vernacular architecture and the honesty of modernism. By employing sustainable strategies to a wide variety of building types and scales, the firm designs award winning architecture that conserves energy and natural resources and fosters healthy built environments for the building’s occupants. For more information, visit

Nestled into the desert landscape, ASCAYA is a collection of 313 estate sites that will boast Southern Nevada’s most coveted and opulent housing development. ASCAYA is located nine miles south of the Las Vegas Strip on the McCullough Range in Henderson, Nevada. It rises nearly 1,000 feet above the Las Vegas Valley and features the most breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains. For more information, visit
Sarah Thornton