Innovative Desert Eco Homes on Mojave Desert
Designed by Platform for Architecture + Research, 18 Desert Eco Homes will be constructed to fit within the natural topology, carefully minimizing any environmental disturbances. Each home has been designed for the hot desert climate of the Mojave and includes solar shading, solar power, natural ventilation, xeriscaping and more.
Located in the Mojave Desert, the 15 acre plot of land set aside for the desert home community has been subdivided into 18 plots, each almost 1 acre in size. In order to minimize the disturbance on the desert landscape, roads and driveways have been sited discreetly and paved naturallly. Footprints for the homes have been minimized, while outdoor living spaces are maximized to take advantage of the moderate temperatures in the fall, winter and spring.
Each single family residence will feature solar roofs, solar passive design with appropriate shading and thermal massing, shaded glazing as well as xeriscaping around the homes. Three different villa designs are organized around their own courtyard, and are well thought out extensions of the surrounding landscape.