A Canadian couple engaged architect Sean Lockyer to draw up the plans for their vacation home in the California desert town of Indian Wells—and cited Richard Neutra’s celebrated Kaufmann House, in Palm Springs, just 30 minutes away, as a point of inspiration. “Our idea,” says Lockyer, “was to maximize the view and capture as much of the outdoor space, from property line to property line, as possible.”
After launching their firm, Marmol Radziner and Associates built this vacation home in Desert Hot Springs, a resort and retirement community near Palm Springs known for its soft spa waters and its seasonal harsh winds. With its exposed-steel structure, large expanses of windows, and concrete floor, the house has the clean, industrial quality and direct relationship to the landscape that brings to mind Case Study Houses by Craig Ellwood or Pierre Koenig—updated in size and strength for the SUV era.
Built by Blue Sky Homes just north of Joshua Tree National Park, this prototype prefab rests amid huge, protective boulders on a sandy hill with miles of peaceful desert to call home.
A mid-century oasis in the desert, The Fontenell was built in the late '50s for the family of makeup and cosmetics icon Max Factor. Seeking a place his family could relax together, seven fully-equipped bungalows in fashionable Palm Springs fit the bill.
Linda Taalman and Alan Koch designed the glass “iT House,” a lovely, minimal home that tests the limits of living lightly on the land in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park.