At the iT House in Joshua Tree, in the California desert, solar panels catch the sun's energy; wide expanses of open doors and windows provide cross-ventilation; and strategic overhangs shade against the desert's endless heat.
With this elegant steel prototype in Desert Hot Springs, California, Marmol Radziner and Associates launched a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
Desert Canopy House, the first net-zero energy house in Palm Springs, to be featured in an upcoming issue of Dwell. Photo courtesy Sander Architects.
A weeHouse by Alchemy Architects rests just below the crest of a gently sloping hilltop in West Texas and commands powerful views. Its transparency and small size aim to minimize its impact on the land.
For all its hard environmental work, one of the most immediate of the Blue Sky Home’s pleasures is how it sits so snugly in its desert surroundings just outside Joshua Tree National Park in California.
Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids. Sage Design Studios transformed the developer-flattened landscape into a picturesque desert setting with naturalistic undulations, meandering trails, and drought-tolerant shrubs.