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Arizona’s Rusted Steel Desert Nomad House is Surrounded by Towering Saguaro Cacti

Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 17, 2012 @ 12:40 pm In Architecture,gallery | No Comments

Rick Joy, Tucson Mountains, Tucson, Arizona, desert nomad house, desert, saguaro, cacti, rusted steel, sonorran desert, minimalist, green design, sustainable design, eco design [7]

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 [8] while also establishing a keen intimacy with nature.

More art than architecture, the Desert Nomad House is a minimalist structure [9] 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 [10], 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 [4]

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[3] Rick Joy's: http://www.rickjoy.com/

[4] Desert Nomad House: http://www.desertnomadhouse.com/

[5] Saguaro cacti: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saguaro

[6] Sonoran desert: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonoran_Desert

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/01/desert-nomad-house-rick-joy-2.jpg

[8] home insulated: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulation

[9] minimalist structure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism

[10] energy efficiency: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use

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