Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Perfect Desert Storm... house

This is so magically beautiful.

Marmol Radziner, a Los Angeles based architecture, landscape, and interior design and construction firm, are responsible for this gorgeous desert gem. I first saw images from an old issue of Dwell and searched for the genius minds behind the design. 
I absolutely love this prefab, L-shaped home (of a good 2,000 sq. ft.) that overlooks San Jacinto peak in California. The architecture frames the pool and fire pit in the back "yard" beautifully. I could definitely live here.
Marmol Radziner designed this desert house as a prefab prototype for Marmol, his wife, and their daughter as a vacation home in the prestigious Desert Hot Springs, a subdivision of Palm Springs, CA, known for it's waters and winds.

While the fabulous pre-fab model is not necessarily classifiable as affordable housing (this one cost just under a million dollars), Marmol Radziner prefab is a less expensive option than some custom architects/builders. They estimate around $240 to $280 per square foot instead of $350 to $600 per square foot for custom.


The floor plan consists of the main wing, housing the master bedroom and dining/living area and then the smaller leg of the L-shape that has a guest room and studio. Between the two legs, lies the sparkling pool, surrounded by decks and plenty of seating and outdoor living area.

The use of materials, steel, concrete, and glass are beautiful and create such volume and light that make the space mesmerizing. I'm in love. 



  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  2. I recognize the second pic from Unhappy Hipsters!!

  3. I like the indirect lighting on the "back porch;" however, it is kind of hard calling that area a back porch......

  4. Hi, I was looking for a picture to be put in my blog www.365daysjourney.co.uk before I came across your blog. I really like the pictures you have here, wondering whether I can use one of them on the article I am writing in my blog? It is about this man and his dream of having a family, children and a glass house in the middle of a desert. http://365daysjourney.co.uk/?p=358

    he is one of the 365 people that I spoke to from sep 2009 for my project.

    please let me know.
    many thanks