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High Desert Retreat
by Aidlin Darling Design

Joe Fletcher

Aidlin Darling Design has created a modern desert retreat in California, embracing the surrounding rustic climate.

The retreat overlooks the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto mountain range. The studio was tasked with building the home without removing a single Pinyon tree.

The home comprises seven rectilinear wooden volumes with a square floating roof, providing respite from the beating sun.

A singular aperture is carved out of the roof plane, framing the dramatic sky while also providing the pool area with ample sun exposure below.


This project has been longlisted in the rural house category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Architect: Aidlin Darling Design
Project: High Desert Retreat
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