LocationJoshua Tree, California, United States of America
PhotographsCourtesy of Aaron D'Innocenzo
From the architect. This house was designed and hand built entirely by the owner as his first major project after graduating with a Master in Architecture. It is located in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California.
As a result of its passive solar design, the house is able to heat and cool itself year-round, with no external energy input from traditional HVAC systems.
In many ways, this house is the antithesis of Le Corbusier’s concept of a house as a “machine for living in”, as it is highly site-specific, extremely energy efficient, does not rely upon HVAC systems for temperature control, and nearly every element was designed and hand crafted specifically for this house.
The project took nearly eight years to complete as all of the construction was done by the owner/architect himself. No contractors, sub-contractors, or daily helpers were involved.