This article originally appeared in the Experience Scottsdale 2017 Visitors Guide.
Cosanti is one of Arizona’s most eclectic treasures. Hidden on a quiet residential street in Paradise Valley, Cosanti is part art studio and part architectural experiment. The landscaping highlights what is possible in the desert, and exploring the grounds and buildings is an ideal way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon.
Paolo Soleri was a colorful and passionate Italian architect who first came to Arizona in 1947 as a student of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Soleri became known for his work on bridges, but his passion was creating frugal, self-sustaining cities. He spent his life working toward that vision and developed a concept he termed arcology (architecture + ecology). Soleri and his wife moved to Scottsdale in 1956 and founded Cosanti as their home and studio