the black desert house by marc atlan + oller & pejic the black desert house by marc atlan + oller & pejic
jan 29, 2014

the black desert house by marc atlan + oller & pejic

the black desert house by marc atlan + oller & pejic
photo © marc angeles, 2013
all images courtesy of the black desert house / marc atlan design

 

 

 

designed by renowned creative director marc atlan, alongside architecture office oller & pejic, ‘the black desert house’ offers expansive vistas across joshua tree national park in california. the low-profile dwelling forms a desirable and distinctive desert retreat, providing constantly changing panoramas of color, light and shade.

 

centered around a external courtyard, the kitchen and dining areas become the focal point of the project’s interior, before a deeply tiered stairway leads to a sunken living room where soaring panes of glass frame views of the impressive terrain. throughout the residence black walls, midnight quartz, high-gloss anthracite and darkened steel form the backdrop for the carefully selected use of color.

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the low-profile structure is set amid outcrops of prehistoric boulders
photo © marc angeles, 2013

 

 

 

at the south-eastern corner of the plot, the home’s three bedrooms open out onto an angled black-tiled pool, where the adjoining patio is sheltered between the house and a boulder formation. at night the rocks can be gently illuminated from below.

 

despite being located only thirty minutes from palm springs, the serene and mystical atmosphere allows occupants and guests to feel as if they are completely detached from the rigors of modern day life. ‘the black desert house’ is currently available for professional location rentals, such as fashion and editorial photo shoots, advertising campaigns and TV and film production.

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the approach to the desert retreat
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
the home’s three bedrooms open out onto a pool at the rear of the property
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
a patio is sheltered between the house and the boulder formation
photo © marc angeles, 2013

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the scheme is articulated around a central courtyard
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
floor to ceiling windows offer impressive views across the landscape
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
the sunken living room
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
the kitchen and dining area
photo © marc angeles, 2013

marc atlan oller & pejic the black desert house designboom
‘the black desert house’ provides constantly changing panoramas of color, light and shade
photo © marc angeles, 2013

 

  • I understand the need for Hollywood drama but the house would have been ‘cooler’ in at least two ways if it was not Stealth Fighter black.

    Jim

    JimCan says:
  • Bravo – a house that dares to blend in black with the sand. Awesome.

    Couldn't be more perfectly lovely says:
  • is it actually built on the park’s premises?

    claudia says:
  • amazing

    astock says:
  • Black pearl….

    Fatih says:
  • The black and the sand colors don’t blend. The black surface will be extremely hot in the summer time. Make the color adobe and blend in with the rocks and sand and be cool. The black is jarring.

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • All true..
    Feels kinda lonely out there.

    Iain Campbell says:
  • Bravo, Black? I love the house, and it even looks dramatic in black, but it’s going to be 120 in the summer time. What is the thinking here? When does architecture stop being so smitten with itself and it “dares” (yes, let’s use the word) to reflect reality and its relationship to its location and the needs demanded by that location. How many gallons of fossil fuel will it take to keep this house cool or even warm in the winter? The desert can be very cold in the winter. I mean this house is really terrific but how dumb can you be?

    james Martin says:
  • The sun. Is it that the black does not absorb the sun’s heat? My base reaction is that it’s gorgeous, but it’s got
    to be unreasonably hot. I mean really hot. The black is going to absorb and hold the desert heat. Down the road
    there have to be significant repairs. All the materials are going to dry out faster than normal.

    lynn-harold thompson says:
  • This house looks absolutely beautiful. Me, here behind me computer watching at the pics, do really enjoy it. And i’m glad i don’t have to experience the climate that will reign inside this oven/freezer-combo. I suggest the architects to use a good 3D software if they like producing nice pictures, it’s cheaper than actually building the thing.

    Olivier says:
  • Hey! Now this house is cool (possibly an oxymoron) It’s brave to say the least but looking at the photos it’s more a charcoal than jet black offering changes in hue according to light variations hence getting the straight black effect as well. So what if it’s black & stealthy! The contrasts it presents are awesome & besides with technology today, why not take advantage of what’s available with insulation techniques such as ceramic paints using dark colors but offering a cut of several degrees plus all other forms of insulation. As for fossil fuel consumption.. That’s what solar power is for! It’s out in the sticks so why wouldn’t the house be totally self sufficient. Good on you Marc, I think “Well Done!”

    Dave McBurney says:
  • too bad i arrived at the comments too late… but for all the people who are speculating about the color making the house a giant heat sink… The roof is where the bulk of the sun’s energy is directed and absorbed…This house has a white roof (incidentally, in this location, one of the only houses to have such…) What the sun sees is a white roof.
    Since the house is at approx 4000 ft elevation during the winter when the sun’s angle is lower, the building can absorb more heat.

    mick says:
  • A lot of you are too conservative. I love it because of its black stealth look. Great contrast to the natural surroundings!

    RD says:
  • There was another black house in the area about 5 years ago- Rosamuerta- that has all kinds of texture, details and ideas that really makes something interesting with black. This is just a normal modern house painted black – a bad copy of Maltzan’s white one- it looks like a superficial pose- like a goth kid self-consciously hanging around the mall.

    amw says:

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