COSANTI is the residence and sculpture studio of Paolo Soleri and his staff. An Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment. Its structures feature many imaginative design elements, reflecting Soleri's innovative construction techniques.
The conceptual framework for Soleri's architecture at Cosanti is integration of manmade and natural environments. Soleri began his work on the experimental buildings here in the mid-1950's and continued for 20 years with the help of workshop participants and apprentices who came to learn his methods. Many of the workshops were in collaboration with the College of Architecture at ASU. Most of the structures were built using the earth-casting method or one of Soleri's variations on the technique.