Hidden Valley Desert House

Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects

HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE

Type: Residential
Application: Cladding / Interiors / Countertops
Material Featured: Slate
Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects

This small humble house sited on a south-facing desert slope extends a prominent flow of pinkish-red schist-shale into a simple elevated plinth that parallels the contours of the site, which run east-west. Hovering above the plinth is a large shade canopy that embodies the necessary sustenance for this shelter as a home. The thickened canopy will harvest the majority of the energy and some of the water needed for a carbon neutral house, as well as housing all mechanicals. The expansive canopy is supported by a dispersed core of peripheral mass elements that minimize overall glass percentages while framing focused views for a range of indoor /   outdoor living programs north, south, east, and west. The west end of the land-based plinth is inhabited as a thick cave, while the main level of the plinth is open in all directions and, at times, has no discernible distinctions between inside and outside.

HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE
HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE
HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE
HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE
HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE
HIDDEN VALLEY DESERT HOUSE

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