desert architecture

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities is a concept for an addition to the coastline somewhere in the United Arab Emirates that will merge with existing cities to create a more organic megalopolis. The inspiration for the

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

Work began on the new Student Centre in 2010 and it was just recently completed this summer under the guidance of Diamond Schmitt Architects and aided by Studio Southwest Architects. Located at an

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Anakin Skywalker’s Home Threatened By Migrating Sand Dunes in Tunisia

Anakin Skywalker’s Home Threatened By Migrating Sand Dunes in Tunisia

Migrating sand dunes in the Tunisian desert are threatening to bury the set of Mos Espa City—one of the most famous filming locations captured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

<o A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about prefab architecture and sustainability. I asked him about his trajectory as a designer, and what

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Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Sand Dune-Shaped ARPT Headquarters Captures Cooling Breezes for Natural Ventilation

Mario Cucinella Architects' new ARPT Headquarters is a landmark building that combines tradition and modernity. The design was inspired by the desert, and it has been carefully oriented and positioned

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Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Rammed Earth Tucson Mountain Retreat is Intimately Connected with the Sonoran Desert

Located outside of Tucson is this mountain and desert retreat designed to enjoy the surrounding landscape while minimizing its impact on it. Local architects DUST sited the home carefully within adjacent

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Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Buddhist Retreat is a Peaceful Eco Home Outside of Capital Reef National Park

Designing a desert retreat that respects its environment is difficult enough, but to build one that is also a Buddhist sanctuary is another feat entirely. The client, a business woman from Salt Lake

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Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Prefabricated Lotus Hotel is a Resilient Net-Zero Development for China’s Xiangshawan Desert

Located near the Hantai River 800 kilometers outside of Beijing, the 30,000 square meter Lotus Hotel is comprised of a series of prefabricated steel elements that are fixed in the fluid sands, which

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan that would

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Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend

Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend

With Blu Homes' new Vallejo, CA factory, the prefab home builder is making a big push to expand its product throughout the West Coast. The company's first Southern California project is Tim Disney's

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SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is being designed by SOM for the SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Service company. The new eco hospital will rise up on the site of the existing facility, which will undergo a

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Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Rosa Gardens was constructed on an urban infill lot and it offers 57 units of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The project also includes a common laundry room, a community room, a pool, bike racks, a basketball

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SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

SOM Completes Its Twisting Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City

The 74 story tower is innovative in its asymmetrical design and is a feat of engineering. The south wall is constructed from concrete and conceived as a protective skin to insulate the building against

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Nottoscale’s Rondolino Prefab is an Energy-Efficient Home in the High Desert of Nevada

Nottoscale’s Rondolino Prefab is an Energy-Efficient Home in the High Desert of Nevada

The Rondolino Residence is a vacation home for an Italian journalist and writer who fell in love with the desert. The design and construction process was done completely via email, and never once did the

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Interpretive Facility at Red Rocks Canyon Responds to the Untouched Side of Las Vegas

Interpretive Facility at Red Rocks Canyon Responds to the Untouched Side of Las Vegas

Located just 20 minutes outside the bright and busy Las Vegas Strip, this serene desert landscape is known as a destination for rock climbers and for its beautiful red stained landscape. The new visitor

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Cesar Chavez Library’s Soaring Roof Protects It from the Harsh Phoenix Sun

Cesar Chavez Library’s Soaring Roof Protects It from the Harsh Phoenix Sun

The 25,000 sq ft library was completed in 2008 and supports around 40,000 visitors a month and keeps 140,000 volumes. Besides the traditional books, the library also hosts a computer lab, children's

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The Saguaro Building at Mesa Community College is a Living Laboratory

The Saguaro Building at Mesa Community College is a Living Laboratory

The 42,870 sq ft community college facility provides space for both the life sciences and the performing arts with classrooms and a black box performance space downstairs, and faculty offices upstairs. At

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Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley

Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley

Designed for Gordon Graham, the 1,225 sq ft home was built as a desert retreat from the cold winters of British Colombia. Graham happened to hear about Blue Sky Homes on his way to the Coachella Music

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Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Henning Larsen’s Gleaming Crystal Towers Will Be a Sustainable Oasis in the Desert

Central Saudi Arabia is a difficult, if not impossible, location in which to create a new sustainable development. Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees Farenheit, annual rainfall rarely exceeds 4

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Solar-Powered Audubon Center Restores Nearby River and Immerses Visitors in the Phoenix Landscape

Solar-Powered Audubon Center Restores Nearby River and Immerses Visitors in the Phoenix Landscape

Before the Audubon Center was there, the site was a brownfield, scarred and barren as a result of sand and gravel operations, landfill, automobile storage and construction staging. The large scale $100M

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Sustainable Copper-Clad ASU College of Nursing Weathers Beautifully In the Arizona Sun

Sustainable Copper-Clad ASU College of Nursing Weathers Beautifully In the Arizona Sun

Located right down the block from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, the College of Nursing effectively matches a similar aesthetic with a desert colored and high-performance facade. Copper was

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Wadi Rum Resort: Luxury Eco Lodge Built Right Into The Desert Cliffs

Wadi Rum Resort: Luxury Eco Lodge Built Right Into The Desert Cliffs

The Wadi Rum Desert Lodge is designed to take advantage of the natural landscape in order to fully appreciate the surrounding desert. As such, residences, rooms and hotel amenities are built into the

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HOK’s KAUST Library is at the Heart of the Largest LEED NC Platinum Project Ever Built

HOK’s KAUST Library is at the Heart of the Largest LEED NC Platinum Project Ever Built

To date, KAUST is the largest LEED NC-Platinum project ever built and was done so at a rapid pace. The design team was tasked with building a contemporary work of architecture that would resonate with the

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Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Work began on the design in October 2006 and the school opened its doors in August 2008 only 22 months later. The 6-story educational facility features a large forum for public events, five digital

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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

Arizona Life Science Building Has A Really, Really Big Shading Roof

The Life Science Building lies between the existing campus buildings and the playing fields and helps connect the different campus parts together. Situated lower than the other buildings, a decision was

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Lattice-Pattern Dome is a Beacon of Passive Indigenous Design for New Parliament Building In U.A.E.

Lattice-Pattern Dome is a Beacon of Passive Indigenous Design for New Parliament Building In U.A.E.

Ehrlich Architects came in ahead of Foster + Partners, Massimiliano Fuksas Architects, and Zaha Hadid Architects in Phase 2 of the design competition to win the FNC Parliament project. The stunning design

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Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Among the many projects that Mithun worked on for Miraval are the guestrooms, which make use of simple, natural and durable materials suited for the desert environment. The buildings are constructed of

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