Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis above


Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona may one day have an architectural halo around its peak. Architect Nick Tsontakis has revealed his plans for a stunning manta ray-shaped home that he has dubbed Mummy House.

Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis

Per Arizona’s building codes, the house is not allowed to surpass the peak of the mountain. Tsontakis gets around this in his design by wrapping the home around the mountain.

The “head” of the manta ray design makes up the home’s entrance. An access road leads up to the front door, inside of which is a ten car garage. A spectacular swimming pool hugs one side of the home and the mountain provides the residents with privacy.

Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis hill

Inside the home, the floor plan includes a 2,000 square foot entertainment room carved into the side of the mountain. Access to the two offshoot wings of the home is partially via tunnels cut into the mountain to minimize the home’s height.

Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis garage
Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis view

Eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms occupy various parts of the home. Floor to ceiling glass walls bring in abundant natural light and open to allow the fresh mountain air to swirl through the home’s interior.

The home’s wrap-around decks provide the perfect place from which to gaze down on the city below. In a spectacular setting like Mummy Mountain, it would take a truly magnificent home to both blend in and stand out from the mountain – and this nature-based design absolutely fits the bill.

Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis front
Manta Ray House Nick Tsontakis from below

“Joffe asked Scottsdale-based architect Nick Tsontakis to come up with a home concept that would illustrate the full potential of the property on a ridge of Mummy Mountain. What he conjured up is a 16,370-square-foot mansion that could pass for Bruce Wayne’s Western estate. Click the image above to see a slide show of Tsontakis’ renderings.”

“The two wings of the house would encircle the mountain ridge and offer panoramic views from the north and south faces. Underneath the ridge, a cavernous entertainment hall would connect the wings. The 2,000-square-foot hall, which would stand at one and a half stories, would be incorporated into the mountain to form ‘exposed rock walls‘ throughout the house.”

Read more about this unusual Arizona home at BizJournals.