Situated on a rocky outcropping in the Yucca Valley, the Black Desert House is like a shadow cast on the barren terrain. The cave-like dwelling sits on a flattened plot, replacing the mountain that was graded in the 1960s. Partially tucked into the hillside, its dark facade is a refuge from the harsh climate, concealing a living room, kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms inside. The interior spaces wrap around an entry courtyard orientating the main living spaces and terrace toward views of the desert landscape. While the exterior contrasts its surroundings during the day, when the sun goes down, the home blends into the backdrop creating a platform for nightly stargazing.
Photos: Marc Angeles / Oller & Pejic Architecture