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Laurel Loves 7: Arcosanti, AZ

By: Sarah Beaumont

July 29, 2015

Tucked away in the hot desert of central Arizona lives an experimental town you might expect to see in a Sci-Fi movie. This town is called Arcosanti and it’s basically a city of the future. In the 1970s, architect Pablo Soleri came up with a plan to create an alternative to the urban sprawl of America, focused on innovative design and environmental accountability. You can imagine there are some pretty outlandish structures to see there, so get a taste with our 7 favorite designs from the fascinating town of Arcosanti!


7. An apse that’s more than just an apse.

via Flickr

via Flickr

Part Native American concrete pueblo, part Star Wars ship? This apse actually functions as a studio for crafting ceramics, particularly wind bells and tiles. The wind bells were originally designed by Soleri and are a large form of income for the community.


6. Circles meet straight lines.

via mimdap.com

via mimdap.com

This cafe is all about combining curved edges and straight lines. Besides featuring an awesome design, it’s where all meals are served to tourists. With this desert view and a group of famous Arcosanti wind bells hanging from the ceiling, we wouldn’t mind sipping coffee here for a day.


5. A fusion of modern and industrial design.

via Flickr

via Flickr

This multi-use visitor’s center/residence hall called ‘Crafts III’ utilizes bronze casting, which is a big part of Arcosanti’s architectural design. Many of the buildings have started showing signs of age as the bronze casting fades, but the melted metal effect it leaves still looks pretty cool to us.


4. A perfect place for a summer swim.

via arcosanti.org

via arcosanti.org

Flinstone’s anyone? Splashing around in Arcosanti’s community pool sounds like an excellent way to beat the Arizona heat and feel like you’re hanging out in Bedrock with the Flinstones gang.


3. A utopian dreamscape.

via Arch Daily

via Arch Daily

This view of a few of Arcosanti’s main structures looks like it’s straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, and we’re kind of loving it.


2. A place to gather.

via arcosanti.org

via arcosanti.org

Although they may look it, the ‘Vaults’ are not a cross between an outer-planetary spaceship and a Native American pueblo. A series of gathering spots for the small community of Arcosanti, the vaults provide a covered space for events, concerts, large work projects, meetings and summer activities.


1. A room with a view.

via youareelectric.com

via youareelectric.com

If you’re visiting Arcosanti, the Sky Suite is definitely the place to stay. This full two bedroom apartment boasts a 360 degree view of the desert landscape through its unique large-scale windows; star-gazing while staying here is highly recommended.


xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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