Rick Joy, Tucson Mountains, Tucson, Arizona, desert nomad house, desert, saguaro, cacti, rusted steel, sonorran desert, minimalist, green design, sustainable design, eco design

The living, kitchen and dining cube is 780 square feet, the bedroom is 440 square feet, and the office is 200 square feet; each unit faces in a different direction and boasts floor to ceiling 1/2 inch thick glass windows that keep the home insulated while also establishing a keen intimacy with nature.

More art than architecture, the Desert Nomad House is a minimalist structure furnished with simple materials. The flooring is made of maple wood (as it was built more than 6 years ago, we’re not certain whether it was sustainably sourced) and the interior panels of maple veneer. A gas stove rounds out the home’s energy efficiency, and a sunken fire pit outside gives it a final rustic touch. There’s just one caveat: last year this extraordinary piece of real estate was listed for $975,000 – almost triple what it originally cost to build!

+ Desert Nomad House