10 Desert Houses: Living Inhospitable Landscapes

From an holiday home in Egypt to a spacious dwelling on the outskirts of Marrakech here you are 10 amazing works.

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Black Desert House, California, by Oller & Pejic

Designed to resemble a shadow, this desert house by Oller & Pejic features black walls, so that it is easy to rest the eyes on when the sunlight is painfully harsh.

img.0Black Desert House, California, by Oller & Pejic

Nakai House, Utah, USA, by University of Colorado students 

Cladding made from recycled glass protects the walls of this cabin, designed by students from the University of Colorado, from the harsh desert sun and open winds.

img.1Nakai House, Utah, USA, by University of Colorado students

Pobble House, Dungeness, UK, by Guy Hollaway

Clad in rusty steel mesh, silvery larch and grey cement fibreboard, Guy Holloway designed this house made up of three adjoining cabins in the remote landscape of Britain's only desert – Dungeness.

img.2Pobble House, Dungeness, UK, by Guy Hollaway

img.3Pobble House, Dungeness, UK, by Guy Hollaway

img.4Pobble House, Dungeness, UK, by Guy Hollaway

Desert Courtyard House, Arizona, USA, by Wendell Burnette Architects

This house by Wendell Burnette Architects is shrouded in a surface of patinated metal to blend in with the surrounding granite boulders and cacti. It surrounds a naturally forming courtyard.

img.5Desert Courtyard House, Arizona, USA, by Wendell Burnette Architects

img.6Desert Courtyard House, Arizona, USA, by Wendell Burnette Architects

img.7Desert Courtyard House, Arizona, USA, by Wendell Burnette Architects

img.8Desert Courtyard House, Arizona, USA, by Wendell Burnette Architects

Fobe House, Marrakesh, Morocco, by Guilhem Eustache

Dotted around a two-hectare site on the outskirts of Marrakech, this boxy desert house is made up of white blocks. As well as the main living spaces, the various buildings comprise a pool house, a caretaker’s residence and a garage.

img.9Fobe House, Marrakesh, Morocco, by Guilhem Eustache

img.10Fobe House, Marrakesh, Morocco, by Guilhem Eustache

img.11Fobe House, Marrakesh, Morocco, by Guilhem Eustache

img.12Fobe House, Marrakesh, Morocco, by Guilhem Eustache

Tuscon Mountain Retreat, Arizona, by Dust

Nestled into the rocky out-crops of the Sonoran Desert, this single-storey house made of rammed earth is orientated along an east-west access to reduce solar heat gain.

img.13Tuscon Mountain Retreat, Arizona, by Dust

img.14Tuscon Mountain Retreat, Arizona, by Dust

img.15Tuscon Mountain Retreat, Arizona, by Dust

High Desert Dwelling, Utah, by Imbue

This house by Imbue Design is covered in sheets of Corten steel, and features large glazed gables that frame the mountainous Capitol Reef National Park in which it sits.

img.16High Desert Dwelling, Utah, by Imbue

Casa Caldera, Arizona, USA, by Dust

Inspired by vernacular desert architecture, this house by DUST comprises two solid volumes symmetrically organised around a central void and walls made from volcanic residue.

img.17Casa Caldera, Arizona, USA, by Dust

img.18Casa Caldera, Arizona, USA, by Dust

img.19Casa Caldera, Arizona, USA, by Dust

Ecolodge, Egypt, by Laetitia Delubac and Christian Felix

Mud, sand, and sun-dried salt were used to construct the walls of this holiday home by Laetitia Delubac and Christian Félix. Nooks in the walls create place to put candles, as there is no electricity.

img.20Ecolodge, Egypt, by Laetitia Delubac and Christian Felix

img.21Ecolodge, Egypt, by Laetitia Delubac and Christian Felix

img.22Ecolodge, Egypt, by Laetitia Delubac and Christian Felix

Desert House, Australia, by Dunn & Hillam Architects

Embedded into a hillside in the Australian desert, this home by Dunn & Hillam Architects features a large angled roof designed to protect it from extreme temperatures.

img.23Desert House, Australia, by Dunn & Hillam Architects

img.24Desert House, Australia, by Dunn & Hillam Architects

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