The Theurer Residence by William P. Bruder, FAIA Architect

General Information

  • Square Footage: 3,982 SF +/-
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Garage: 3.5 Car Garage
  • Area: Ahwatukee Equestrian
  • Lot Size: 28,950 (or .665 Acre) SF +/-
  • Age: 1991
  • Architecture: William P. Bruder, FAIA
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Status:  Sold


An architecture of walls set in motion by the sun” —Will Bruder, FAIA

This significant home was originally designed by Will Bruder and has been recognized as one of his most interesting designs. The Theuer residence, or “Desert Shield” as it was named (due to its remarkable sense of shelter and place) is one of a handful of highly detailed homes designed during this era when Architect Bruder explored the unique geometry and infinite detail.


Curvilinear in plan the home radiates in a sweeping curve that pivots from a single center-point 50’ into the garden, allowing the home to embrace the site, and every room to connect directly with views to the outdoors.

A sheltered forecourt entry greets you on arrival.  The home presents a quiet face to the street in this unique neighborhood of custom homes, but once revealed to the visitor, it opens to the preserve and the views beyond.  Moving inside, the space motions you in, culminating in an arc of clear 10ft walls of glass, “butt glazed” for unobstructed views.  Above the CMU wall a subtile 1” clearstory line of glass allows this soaring vaulted ceiling to visually float, and lets light naturally illuminate the space. The original material pallet is mainly intact, consisting of maple millwork and doors, exposed sandblasted concrete block, concrete floors, copper and glass.

Adjustable perforated steel sails hang from the roofline to allow for sun travel and to protect the owner from harsh light.  Deep overhands are calculated to provide a sheltered experience that never wants for soft light in the interiors.

The kitchen offers a floating cantilevered counter connecting the great room to the cook for maximized conversation and interaction with guests.  The home offers a wealth of storage and large beverage/bar area, perfect for entertaining.

The great room floor is inset with a 1/4” curving line of stainless steel following a ribbon of “bush-hammered” concrete, a metaphor for the flow of desert water that culminates at the stainless steel fireplace, positioned to enjoy to views of the flame inside and out.  Once part of an innovative water feature, this channel is still in place today.  Much of the original garden design by landscape architect Christy Ten Eyck remains, celebrated by the mature desert tree specimens.

The Master Suite is sanctuary complete with seating area, walk-in closet and generous shower. There is a direct connection to the garden and the space is entered through a custom offset pivot door in curved maple that follows the exact line of the walls.

Additions and modifications were made by Architect Richard Doria that included a guest wing, media room and 3.5 car garage, perfect for live-ins and room for shop, studio, or car collection.

The lot and location is fabulous offering a landscaped 2/3 acre lot backing to the adjacent 100-acre Equestrian Preserve.  Views are wonderful with South Mountain always present in the backdrop. The Ahwatukee corridor offers easy freeway access and to rated schools too!
This home is completely irreplaceable at the asking price, with detailing and architectural design of this caliber not to be matched at today’s construction costs.

Presented for the first time in years, this home is vacant, recently detailed and clean, and is ready to move in!


  • Architecturally Significant Design by William P. Bruder FAIA
  • “Desert Shield” Also Know as ”Theruer Residence”
  • “Record” Home – Architectural Record 1993
  • Curvilinear Design Captures the Views and Desert-scape
  • Bold Curves Flow Through the Entire Home
  • Entry Forecourt Assures Privacy
  • Timeless Material Palette: Copper, Concrete, Steel, Wood and Glass
  • Generous Roof Overhangs and Superb Cross-ventilation
  • Perforated Weathered Steel ‘Sail’ Shades Allow for Sun Control
  • Home Plan Radiates From a Single Point, 50’ into the Garden
  • Each Room Affords Outdoor Access or View
  • Custom Glass and Stainless Steel Fireplace Connects to Inside and Out
  • Ribbon Channel of Steel and “Bush Hammered” Concrete
  • 1” Glass Clerestory Reveal Between Sandblasted CMU Wall and Ceiling
  • Acid Washed Concrete Flooring
  • Beautifully crafted Maple Millwork
  • 10’ high Curtain-wall of 1/2” Thick Glass Offers Uninterrupted Views
  • Garden Terrace Situated to Capture  View of South Mountain
  • Backs to the Equestrian Preserve
  • 100 -Acre Common Area with Unobstructed Views
  • Principal Architect Will Bruder
  • Later Additions by Architect Richard Doria
  • Indigenous Garden Landscape designed by Christine Ten Eyck ASLA
  • Original Lighting Designed by Roger Smith


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