A visit to Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Tucked into a palm-lined neighborhood in Paradise Valley lies Cosanti, the sprawling, living workshop of the late visionary architect Paolo Soleri. Not to be confused with its sister site and experimental town, Arcosanti, in Mayer, Arizona, Cosanti features terraced landscaping and winding paths through Soleri-designed experimental earth-formed concrete structures.

Throughout, his legendary bronze-cast and ceramic bells and sculptures are suspended and displayed amidst cactus-laden courtyards and the domed ceilings of the whimsical concrete structures. On breezy days, the bells provide a musical accompaniment as you wander the grounds at your leisure.

For most of our visit, we had the entire place to ourselves, except for the Soleri foundry workers. To wit, visitors can witness the bronze-casting process utilized by Soleri most weekday mornings at Cosanti. Overall, it’s an unforgettable journey into the mind of an American legend, whose life’s work was based on the universal principles of art, architecture and sustainable living.

Located at 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-1826
Look for rusted steel sign (pictured below) that reads: “Soleri, Visitors Welcome”

Free admission. Open 7 days a week (except major holidays).

For more information, visit Cosanti.com.

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