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Desert Oasis: California’s Sublime iT House

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 29, 2014 01:12 AM
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by Promila Shastri last modified May 28, 2014

If temporarily receding from the hurlyburly of daily life—and doing it in an architecturally edifying abode amidst breathtaking natural vistas—ranks as a modern day fantasy, then surely iTHouse exists to transform fantasy into viable reality. Designed as a family getaway by architects Linda Taalman and Alann Koch of the Taalman — Continue reading …




 

 

it-house-suspended-fireplaceIf temporarily receding from the hurlyburly of daily lifeand doing it in an architecturally edifying abode amidst breathtaking natural vistasranks as a modern day fantasy, then surely iTHouse exists to transform fantasy into viable reality. Designed as a family getaway by architects Linda Taalman and Alann Koch of the Taalman Koch architetrural practice, iTHouse, a sublime rectilinear glass-and-steel edifice constructed in the middle of the California desert, is currently an Airbnb offering—which is to say, modernist architectural nirvana and desolate beauty are attainable goals for the rest of us mere mortals.

Built in 2006 on a modest budget with off-the-shelf industrial materials, Taalman and Koch created their home as an oasis in which the predominance of glass allowed unobstructed, ever-changing panoramic views of the burnished landscape and big desert sky, located a stone’s throw away from Joshua Tree National Park. With solar power, specially coated glass, and doors which slide open to welcome evening breezes, iTHouse has been mindfully composed to both mitigate and leverage desert conditions; and with neither television nor the Internet to distract its occupants, it may be the ultimate answer to reconnecting with the natural state of things while refueling for the virtual world that awaits ahead.

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Images: Dwell; Airbnb


 

 

 
 
 

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