Another bizarre house-like thing in the desert

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

image from: http://la.curbed.com/

The desert hosts weird things. Aliens. Nuclear testing facilities. Odd houses.

Like this one in the Coachella Valley near Joshua Tree National Park in California.

I’m starting 2015 off with this stylin’ house because it pretty much encapsulates how I feel about the new year: optimistic, bold, and slightly dizzy.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Without question, it is stunning. Whether in a good or bad way, is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to love unusual dwellings in desert settings, so I am very impressed with this home.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Looking at the roof from this angle makes me want to go “AHHHHH” and stick out my tongue.

The structure mimics the rocks around it, but at the same time it indicates motion – like waves or sticks tumbling together. Or daisy petals blowing in the wind.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

The official name of this unusual beauty is the Organic Modern Estate. It sold recently, although I do not know for how much. The sellers were asking $3 million according to LA Curbed.com.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Construction of this home began in 1988 but was not actually completed until 1993.

The home was commissioned by artist Beverly Doolittle and her husband Jay. They hired architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg who is known for his creative organic designs.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

According to an article in The Desert Sun, the Doolittles sent Kellogg a letter with photos of the barren, rocky site and that was enough to hook him for the job. Apparently, Kellogg had been hankering to build on some rugged desert rocks.

The Dolittle’s only request was that their new home NOT be a box with windows. Apart from that, they gave Kellogg free rein.

The result is an otherwordly dwelling made of steel, copper, glass, and concrete.

Have a look inside…

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

This wacky home has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 4,643 square feet, and not a square wall to be found.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Much of the unorthodox interior was “tweaked” over a period of years by interior designer John Vugrin.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Every room – or room-like space – is an art sculpture in its own right.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

Now that this undulating wonder has a new owner, I feel that all is right in the desert.

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

image from: http://organicmodernestate.com/

ahhhhhhh……

(that was an exhale)

 

Sources:

LACurbed.com

Organic Modern Estate

The Desert Sun

 

2 Comments

  • xpermitcabin says:

    Well….that is something! Ms Dolittle was a beneficiary of the manic 90’s print market with her horses hidden in birches, etc. Ironic that she had a home built that has no place to hang conventional framed art. Wonder where she is now?

  • SB Smith says:

    I love that !
    I’d love to see that home in person !

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