The Slammer


Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Size: 4,200 sf
1996 AIA Las Vegas Award
1996 AIA Nevada Students Choice Award

The owner is the “vocal” half of the world-famous Penn & Teller comedy/magic duo. Like its owner, the house breaks from the traditional. What was once a “typical” suburban house in the desert has grown into something quite unique and special. It looks like a prison on the outside—concrete blocks and unpainted metal—but on the inside, it’s paradise. With a balance between the playful and the plain, it’s a vast courtyard and a collection of rooms with freely painted spaces. A simple asphalt drive links the house to the public roads.