Arata Isozaki Designs Transcendent Space Between Heaven And Earth

Amongst the cactuses, rocks and ruddy earth of the Mojave Desert stand three sculptural concrete pavilions designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for his friend, LA art collector Jerry Sohn.
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OFIS Arhitekti’s Mirrored Pavilion In The Gorafe Desert

Set amongst the desert plains of Gorafe, Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed a mirrored glass pavilion that offers protected and unparalleled views of the Andalusian landscape and night skies.
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Dinosaur fossil park in Texas gains rust-coloured visitor centre by Lake Flato

American firm Lake Flato used tough materials like weathering steel to create an off-grid educational facility for Big Bend National Park, known for its dinosaur skeletons. The Fossil Discovery Exhibit building was constructed on a flat site within the federal park, which stretches along the Mexico border in southwest Texas. Encompassing 801,163 acres (324,219 hectares),

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OFIS Arhitekti’s Glass Pavilion is a star-gazing retreat in Spain’s Gorafe desert

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has created an isolated desert retreat in Andalusia, featuring glazed walls that take advantage of the vast landscape and dramatic night skies. OFIS Arhitekti developed the Glass Pavilion in collaboration with experts from specialist manufacturer Guardian Glass, which challenged the architects to design a structure that would test its products to

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Arthur Mamou-Mani unveils twisting temple for Burning Man 2018

Burning Man festival has revealed a spiralling wooden pavilion as the main temple to be built and then sent up in flames in the Nevada desert this year. The design, by Arthur Mamou-Mani of London-based Mamou-Mani Architects, was selected by the Burning Man Arts organisation, which oversees the creative programme for the annual nine-day event.

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“Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes?”

If sprawling desert metropolises like Phoenix, Arizona, are going to survive an increasingly scorching climate, they will require a different kind of sustainable urbanism than typical cities, says Aaron Betsky. Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes? In his 2015 book, The Water Knife, the author Paolo Bacigalupi imagines a future Valley of

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Living spaces extend into the desert at Arizona home by The Construction Zone

Phoenix architecture firm The Construction Zone has completed a house in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, taking full advantage of the arid climate with living spaces both inside and out. The Alber Residence measures 3,500 square feet (325 square metres), laid out on a single level, and includes four bedrooms. Sited on a roughly triangular lot, the

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Allies and Morrison challenges “identikit urbanism” with masterplan for new city in Oman

British firm Allies and Morrison has designed a new city for Middle Eastern country Oman, which will transform a desert valley into a 624-hectare urban centre over the next 30 years. Allies and Morrison wants to challenge “identikit urbanism” with its masterplan for Madinat Al Irfan. The aim is to create “a place that feels as if it has always

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An Interpretation Centre For The Atacama Desert

Designed as a research building for public use, Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López’s Center of Interpretation of the Desert is located in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
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Bill Gates plans smart city in Arizona desert

Tech billionaire Bill Gates has invested in a huge patch of land west of Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of building a new smart city. Mt Lemmon Holdings – an affiliate of Gates’ firm Cascade Investment – has paid $80,000 for a stake in almost 25,000 acres of unpopulated desert. The area is reportedly earmarked

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Arizona horse barn transformed into desert guest house by The Construction Zone

Concrete walls that once enclosed horse stalls are now used as room dividers in this modern guest house by The Construction Zone, a design-build firm in Phoenix. The Barn Guest House is located on a large property in Phoenix dotted with cacti, boulders and desert trees. The adaptive reuse project entailed transforming an existing concrete

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Sprayed render covers walls of rural Iranian house by Bam Architects

A plaster made of sand and straw has been sprayed across the walls of this house, which was built in a village in Iran by local firm Bam Architects. Bam Architects designed the residence for a retired man who wanted to escape the busy life in Isfahan – the capital city of Iran’s central Isfahan

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Splayed shipping containers form Joshua Tree Residence conceived by James Whitaker

An office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers, proposed for a site in Germany by James Whitaker but never realised, is now being built as a home in the California desert. Photo-realistic renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show a cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a

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Temple for Burning Man 2017 highlighted the problem of America’s dying forests

The temple at this year’s Burning Man festival was designed by artist Marisha Farnsworth, and built from 100 dead trees to emphasise “dramatic changes occurring in our forests”. Farnsworth worked with project manager Steven Brummond and structural engineer Mark Sinclair to create the festival’s 18th temple, which is used as a memorial by participants. The

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A-I-R creates oasis around central living spaces at Arizona desert house

Patterned brick walls define this Arizona home by A-I-R Architects, providing residents with a variety of indoor and outdoor living spaces amongst the desert landscape. Located in Paradise Valley, an affluent town near Phoenix, Ghost Wash House encompasses 8,500 square feet (790 square metres) and contains three bedrooms. A detached pool house also has its

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Student builds pavilion on campus of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school

Architecture student Jaime Inostroza has built a tiny pavilion on the campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, offering occupants framed views of the Arizona desert. Inostroza recently graduated from the architecture school – previously called the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture – which is based at a house designed by the prolific American architect in Scottsdale. Inostroza was one of

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed Taliesin West as a desert retreat for himself and his students

Today is the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, and we’ve been marking the occasion all week by looking back at his most important projects. Next up is the American architect’s desert home and studio in Arizona, which serves as a campus for the architecture school he founded. Completed in 1937, Taliesin West was built to accompany Wright’s home and studio Taliesin,

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Specht Architects orients recessed New Mexico house towards desert vistas

Glazing at this concrete Santa Fe home by American studio Specht Architects offers expansive views of distant mountains, while casting shadow patterns across interior walls. The Sundial House is situated on landscape characteristic of northern New Mexico towns – undulating, arid terrain reaching toward nearby mountains. To comply with the region’s height restrictions for buildings, the architects built

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Volcanic stone contrasts with white stucco at Texas desert home by Hazelbaker Rush

American studio Hazelbaker Rush has created a mountainside residence where the lower levels blend into the rocky site, while the bright white upper volume stands out in contrast. The Franklin Mountain House is located on the fringe of El Paso, Texas. Perched 800 feet (244 metres) above the city, the desert dwelling is situated in the

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Limestone walls define sequence of courtyards at Arizona desert home by MASAstudio

This stone villa in Arizona by Los Angeles architect Marwan Al-Sayed was conceived as a succession of interior and exterior spaces that are organised around a central courtyard. Stone Court Villa is a four-bedroom residence located in the rugged landscape of Paradise Valley. Al-Sayed described the sequence of spaces that make up the home as “a rhythm

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Modernist desert homes by o2 Architecture and Al Beadle complete in Palm Springs

Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture has overseen the completion of two dwellings in Palm Springs – a contemporary home he designed, and a never-built residence by famed mid-century modernist architect Al Beadle. The homes are referred to as the Miele Chino Canyon Project — a reference to their location within the Southern California city. The dwellings

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Doug Aitken installs entirely mirrored cabin in the Southern Californian desert

American artist Doug Aitken has built a small house-shaped structure, clad top-to-bottom in mirrors, in the desert outside Palm Springs. The Mirage sculpture is modelled on a ranch-style suburban American house. But it is composed of mirrored surfaces, which reflect the surroundings and camouflage the structure. “Mirage distills the recognisable and repetitious suburban home into the

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Rusty steel wedges surround desert garden in Chile’s Atacama Desert

A cluster of mono-pitched volumes clad in earthy pre-weathered steel shelters a mini oasis at the centre of this cultural facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Santiago-based architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López collaborated on the design of the centre, which was built alongside the first wind farm to be installed in northern Chile. The site is

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The Edris House By E. Stewart Williams

Built in 1954 by a prolific modernist architect E. Stewart Williams, ‘The Edris House‘ became an immediate phenomenon. Today, the property stays true to its original design, offering a journey back in time.
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Accessible Arizona home by Ibarraro Rosano is lifted above the desert landscape

American studio Ibarraro Rosano Design Architects has elevated parts of this family dwelling off the parched ground in response to the client’s request for no steps. The Levin Residence is located in Marana, a southern Arizona town with a history of farming and ranching. Stretched across a rugged desert site, the single-story dwelling features a

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Alaïa by Alaïa

The sandy dunes were hot under foot and the wind was sharp and abrasive.  Sand follicles were skipping across the surface and cutting snake like repetitions into the undulating form of the desert as the heat radiated some kind of heady mirage that could only been seen in person by the human eye. With a […]

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Inspiration Gallery I Island Part II

Inspiration Gallery. Isalo Desert. Eco Hotel ‘Princesse du Lagon’, Mangily. Tutelar, Madagascar, October 2016.

Rasem Kamal proposes warren of subterranean services for Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing

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The Desert Wing Residence By Kendle Design

Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, ‘Desert Wing’ is a 8,300 square foot contemporary minimalist single family residence, designed by architect Brent Kendle of Kendle Design collaborative.
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A Dwelling Set In The Desert Landscape

Tucked away in a remote desert location just outside of the U.S. Capitol Reef National Park, the modern dwelling built by architecture practice Imbue Design overlooks some of the most impressive rock formations in the world.
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A Tiny Mobile Shelter

Designed by dutch artist Rob Sweere, the “Sledge-Project” was developed together with danish Ann Andreassen, René Kristensen and kids from the Uummannaq Children’s Home to build a residence to shelter people in different locations within the…

A Spa In The High Desert Of Utah

Located in the Canyon Point Campground in the south of Utah, the Amangiri Resort and Spa was designed by the three well-established architects Marwan Al-Sayed, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy. Opend in 2009, the 34 room luxury hotel is tucked into a prot…

California Desert Camping Pods

12 wagon stations with a sci-fi-aesthetic: These camping pods at a campsite near Joshua Tree National Park seem to be the perfect hideaway. US artist Andrea Zittel, whose work focuses on sustainability and a self-sufficient life, built the pods called …

Organic Modern – The High Desert House

Deep in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park lies a house that looks like the landspace itself. In 1986, Jay and Bev Doolittle, a Californian artist couple, approached architect Kendrick Bangs Kellog, an innovator of organic architecture.
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A Dome Shaped House In The Middle Of The Desert

Built in 1968, architect Harold Bissner Jr. created a home, reminding of a spaceship based on a lonely planet.“The Volcano House” owes its name from the 150-foot volcanic cinder cone, located in Newberry Springs, California, about halfway between L…

Tiny camping pods by Andrea Zittel serve as a creative refuge in the California desert

Artists and writers wanting to play out a “desert fantasy” can rent a tiny sleeping pod at a remote campsite in southern California, which looks like a scene from a sci-fi film (+ slideshow). Called the Wagon Station Encampment, the experimental project was conceived by US artist Andrea Zittel, who is known for her explorations into self-sufficient and sustainable More

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Sparano + Mooney clads Utah residence in hundreds of scale-like steel shingles

American firm Sparano + Mooney Architecture has covered a family home in Utah with hundreds of weathering steel plates to give the exterior a textured appearance (+ slideshow). Located just outside Salt Lake City, the two-level Emigration Canyon Residence was built for a young family with children. It is sited within a wooded mountain landscape More

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Gabion cages filled with volcanic stone support meditation platform at Utah spiritual retreat

An expansive terrace provides a meditation space at this weekend residence and spiritual retreat in the Utah desert, which US firm Imbue Design completed using stone-filled gabions for some of the external walls (+ slideshow). The home, named Buddhist Retreat, sits atop a rocky bluff overlooking Capitol Reef National Park. It is set within the rugged landscape More

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Architecture students create studio building in rural Utah using recycled materials

Students in a design-build programme at the University of Utah have completed a studio building on a remote campus in the desert where they live and work for part of the year (+ slideshow). Called Cedar Hall, the building is located in Bluff – a small Utah community of roughly 300 people. The town is home More

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DUST uses “lava-crete” to create monolithic desert house in Arizona

Arizona studio DUST has created a desert home south of Tucson using volcanic residue to form rammed-earth walls (+ slideshow). The house, named Casa Caldera, sits at a high altitude in the Canelo Hills of Southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley. It is made up of two solid volumes symmetrically organised around a central void. One contains the living More

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Off-The-Grid Living In The High Arizona Desert

Based in Tuscon, Arizona, D U S T is an alliance of architects, artists designers focussing on the master builder tradition. One of their latest projects takes the form of Casa Caldera, an off-the-grid shelter located in the high desert.
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Bridging administration wing forms gateway to new university campus in Brazil

Architecture studios Rede Arquitetos and Croquis Projetos have completed the first building of a new university campus in Crateús, Brazil: an administration block that spans an access road to to the site (+ slideshow). The first building at the Federal University of Ceará has a tick-shaped plan that divides it into two wings. One one side, a hollow section supported by four chunky columns angles More

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A Cuboid Home Reflecting The Desert

Chen + Suchart Studio have built the 280 sq m ‘Staab residence’ in the desert landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Sunday Sanctuary: Prerequisites

My new interior goals consist only of replicating this indoor plant scenario…But I wouldn’t be opposed to recreating that staircase either… While we’re at it, I think you’ll agree these concrete floors are also a must. It’s safe to say my list of prerequisites is definitely a little longer after seeing this space..x Serge Anton Photography  . […]

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Rafael Freyre uses natural and local materials to connect House in Azpitia with its setting

Stones from surrounding mountains and bricks from a local kiln were used to build this house bordering a desert in Peru, so it appears “like a new layer on the landscape” (+ slideshow). House in Azpitia was designed by Lima-based architect Rafael Freyre for a couple in their 50s, who wanted a summer home where […]

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University graduates design and build cabins on Navajo reservation in Utah

Graduate students of a Colorado university design-build programme have completed a pair of cabins on the Navajo reservation made of rusted steel and reclaimed barn wood (+ slideshow). The cabins were designed and constructed by architecture students and faculty in the Design Build BLUFF programme at the University of Colorado Denver, who worked in collaboration with […]

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Sunday Sanctuary: The Rock Reach House

You know the saying… Location, location, location. While some might think of the ultimate location as a spot in the inner city or perhaps a beach front expanse, this place has me thinking that perhaps it’s time to become a desert dweller. Rock Reach House  .  Pinterest  .  Tumblr

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Imbue Design completes a rusty steel dwelling in the Utah desert

This house in the Utah desert is covered in sheets of rusty Corten steel to match the colour of the earth, while its four glazed gables are designed to take in views of the mountainous landscape (+ slideshow). Salt Lake City studio Imbue Design designed the house, called High Desert Dwelling, for a plot on the outskirts of […]

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Desert hideaway built among the ruins of an old miner’s shelter in Arizona

The remains of a former miner’s residence in the Arizona desert provided the foundations for this tiny steel and concrete retreat by designer David Frazee (+ slideshow). Miner’s Shelter is a single-room dwelling added among the ruins of a 1980s shelter for a copper miner in the desert around Taliesin West, the house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright 30 miles from […]
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Pheonix Rising

Words cannot describe the levels of anticipation emanating from this office right now for the newest instalment of the Mad Max saga ‘Fury Road’.  Well we’ll have to wait May but in the meanwhile we have this latest editorial from the upcoming Feb/March to draw upon with leading lady and epic Australian icon Abbey Lee […]