Best Tourist Attraction2011 Finalist
6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Cosanti is a Zen arts and nature compound in the middle of town. This historic site in Paradise Valley (and home of Italian architect, educator, and designer of the Arcosanti community near Cordes Junction, Paulo Soleri) features several eco-friendly buildings, artist studios, garden walkways, and most famously, countless Soleri Wind Bells. The word Cosanti is a combination of two Italian words: cosa (things) and anti (against). Property construction began with Soleri's house in 1956, and expanded over the years to include student dorms, a pool, a gift shop, and an "Earth House" that's partially underground. These buildings are designed with a combination of architecture and ecology, and take advantage of natural solar power and shaded cooling.
Source: Phoenix New Times
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