Dream-Like Desert Home Design for Wide Open-Air Spaces

Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud to see this future student of his school, experimenting with architecture that responds to the landscape but is expressive, unique and livable as well.

Simon de Aguero created this project for the FLW School of Architecture and almost entirely from found scrap, waste and local materials including discarded steel, desert earth and forgotten concrete-shaping forms.

The core structure is built out of rammed earth, rising jagged like natural rocks from the ground. Overhead, ?a single stretched vinyl shade toys with both literal and metaphorical tension, between rods and the rocky building blocks below, respectively.

Liberated from some of the weather-related constrictions of a normal site, the entire project was executed without the need for full walls, windows or doors – it looks like a hybrid of natural outcroppings, architectural interventions and camping-inspired inventions.

Moving away from the interior, however, it is easy to see that each disparate piece of the design draws on the material and visual qualities of the environment in which it is set – from a distance, it could easily disappear, camouflaged in the landscape.

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