From the real estate listing: “If one only relied on Lao Tzu’s claim “The excellence of a dwelling is in its site.” all would be said in regard to the Murren Residence. The site at The Ridges (former Howard Hughes property) is a front line promontory affording arguably the best panoramic view of the Strip, desert and mountains in Las Vegas. And then there are the gardens: carefully landscaped with a desert palette, but functional with greensward, fruit trees, herb garden and specimen plantings, each selected to be draught tolerant, and environmentally compatible. Yet this is just the setting for a dialogue of serious work of art, architecture, and landscape which as a piece affords a most comfortable and sophisticated lifestyle that clearly re-defines, on a more conscious level, the meaning of residential luxury in the desert.”
I was fortunate to be able to photograph the Marmol Radziner designed Murren Residence, which has a commanding view of the Las Vegas skyline. It also has a Skyspace by James Turrell on the property, just adjacent to the house. Because I was shooting, I didn’t really have a chance to take in the work, but moving about the space at different times of the day, gazing for a few moments through the portal, I was able to get a sliver of the experience of what being in a Skyspace is about. I’ll be uploading a time-lapse view of the space shortly.