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Joshua Tree Boulder House / W. Garett Carlson

Joshua Tree Boulder House / W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson

Trained as a landscape architect, W. Garett Carlson has designed a 1700 sf residence entitled the Joshua Tree Boulder House.  Situated on 2.5 acres in Joshua Tree, California,  the residence is intended to seem as though it is emerging from the ground.  This conceptual idea stems from the site’s proximity to the Joshua Tree National Park which contains some of the most fascinating boulder shapes in the world, according to Carlson.

More images and more about the residence after the break.

Using these ideas, from the front, a huge boulder covers the entire residence, making the built environment completely disappear.  The faux boulder, which provides shade from the late day heat, slowly transitions to actual home constructed of  metal, wood, concrete and glass.

© W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson

Inside,  ten-foot high, custom-made floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors open to create a 40 feet wide expanse that connects the living area to the landscape.  A landscaped roof and patio create a luscious background for the home, and a fire pit and water feature that are set within boulders further enhance the experience.

© W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson

Like this residence?  You’re in luck because it is up for sale – priced at 1.35 million.  Check out the home’s website for more information.

© W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson

As seen on The Contemporist

Floor Plan © W. Garett Carlson
Floor Plan © W. Garett Carlson
Site Plan © W. Garett Carlson
Site Plan © W. Garett Carlson

Cite: Karen Cilento. "Joshua Tree Boulder House / W. Garett Carlson" 12 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/77655/joshua-tree-boulder-house-garett-carlson/> ISSN 0719-8884
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