Small “Hybrid Prefab” Home in the Desert

Small “Hybrid Prefab” Home in the Desert

By Brendan Newnam / Photos by Misha Gravenor
The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park.

Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the house’s six steel columns permit a seasonal stream to run underneath it. The clever steel frame allows the house to float above the wilderness—a concession to the lightness on the land that its owner, architects, and engineers so clearly wanted. Figuring out how to achieve this lightness, however, was anything but clear.

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