The desert has a deep personality; it has a voice. . . .Great Leaders of all ages from Moses to Rosevelt, have sought the desert and heard its voice. You can hear it if you listen, but you cannot hear it while in the midst of uproar and strife . . . .
L.L. Nunn, educator, philanthropist, innovator
Zion Canyon Mesa sits on top of a twenty-nine acre mesa-like geographic formation, surrounded by thousands of acres of protected land in Zion National Park. On top of this mesa is a six-acre site with desert flowers, cacti, sagebrush and native bunch grasses. Deer, desert tortoise, chipmunks and other small animals are frequent visitors. This desert setting provides a tranquil place to work and learn.
The Commons building will have a lounge area with small library, kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities and restrooms, with administrative offices in another wing of the building. Four duplexes, carefully placed to assure privacy and tranquility, provide living/working space for eight residents. A separate artists' studio will provide work space for two or more visual artists is planned.
The first two duplex studio/living quarters were built by the UNLV Design Build program and will be completed early winter 2020. The Commons and Artists Studio are scheduled for completion in 2020.
To make a dwelling place a complete work of art in itself as expressive and beautiful and more intimately related to life than anything of detached sculpture or painting; lending itself freely and suitably to the individual needs of the dwellers. . . .
Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect