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.
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.
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.
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.
Construction of this home began in 1988 but was not actually completed until 1993.
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…
This wacky home has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 4,643 square feet, and not a square wall to be found.
Much of the unorthodox interior was “tweaked” over a period of years by interior designer John Vugrin.
Every room – or room-like space – is an art sculpture in its own right.
Now that this undulating wonder has a new owner, I feel that all is right in the desert.
(that was an exhale)