Desert houses can benefit from many features – plenty of sunlight, beautiful scapes or the promise of blissful isolation. This particular Desert House built in Desert Hot Springs, California interacts with the arid grounds and playfully seems to integrate the surroundings in its modern architecture. Designed by Los Angeles-based architecture firm Marmol Radziner, the fascinating oasis of modern human lifestyle sits on a five acre property and overlooks San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains. With a 2,000 square feet floor plan doubled by the covered exterior spaces, the Desert House ensures plenty of well-lit, beautifully designed interior space seamlessly connected to the outdoors.
I bet that this extraordinary residence makes the owner feel part of the desert while offering comfort and relaxation. An L-shaped floor plan shaped a protective area, where the swimming pool and inviting fire pit offer two incredible elements for days and nights to remember. The North wing is reserved for a guest house and an art studio, taking social entertaining to a new level. The Desert House is actually a prototype prefab home – looking forward to more projects like this one.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic