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Stunning Off-Grid iT House Sits Peacefully Within the Tranquil Desert Landscape

Posted By Diane Pham On August 9, 2011 @ 9:49 pm In Architecture | No Comments


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Settled within one of the most unique, naturally formed areas of the Golden State, Pioneertown sits nearby Joshua Tree National Park and the Coachella Valley [8]. The area is remote, serene and free from distractions, making it the perfect site for the modern refuge from the city. Light natural finishes and ample daylighting [9] blur the lines between the indoors and out and give the home a  large, open and free-flowing feel despite its small size.

Energy efficiency [6]is achieved through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances and the use of solar photovoltaic and thermal panels on the roof. Natural lighting is provided by floor to ceiling glass windows, and a graphic design by artists Sarah Morris and Liam Gillick has been strategically mapped out on discreet areas of the glass walls to create framed views, sun-shading screen patterns and privacy zones.

+ Taalman Koch [7]


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