Desert Homes

The best in modern desert homes by Dwell.

Prefab Units Cluster Together in This Off-the-Grid Guesthouse
Prefab Units Cluster Together in This Off-the-Grid Guesthouse
Sustainable features keep this prefabricated building, designed by MOS Architects, cool and energy-efficient despite its New Mexico desert surroundings.
By Zachary Edelson - 16 days ago
An Old Grain Silo Makes an Enchanting Tiny Home in Phoenix
An Old Grain Silo Makes an Enchanting Tiny Home in Phoenix
Tucked into the urban grid, a 340-square-foot grain silo becomes an unexpected desert oasis that overcomes several design challenges.
 - 19 days ago
Two Art World Veterans Live in This Mind-Bending Metal Home in Nevada
Two Art World Veterans Live in This Mind-Bending Metal Home in Nevada
Located in Reno, the house evokes an abstract sculpture made of raw materials.
 - 23 days ago
The Last Donald Wexler–Designed Home Ever Built Asks $2.65M
The Last Donald Wexler–Designed Home Ever Built Asks $2.65M
Located in idyllic Palm Springs, California, this steel post-and-beam residence is an astounding example of midcentury modern design.
 - 4 months ago
Photo Essay: Revisit the Midcentury Classics of Palm Springs and Beyond
Photo Essay: Revisit the Midcentury Classics of Palm Springs and Beyond
Turning a new eye toward the landmarks and the legends of the desert modern oasis (and its neighbors).
 - 4 months ago
Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Spectacular Desert Retreat and School in Arizona
Tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Spectacular Desert Retreat and School in Arizona
A masterful extension of the desert landscape in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is a living memorial to the inspiring life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
 - 4 months ago
An Old Horse Barn Is Repurposed as a Chic Desert Guesthouse
An Old Horse Barn Is Repurposed as a Chic Desert Guesthouse
Former horse stalls now serve as concrete room dividers in this modernist guest home in Phoenix, Arizona.
 - 6 months ago
These 7 Homes in the Southwest Show How to Design For the Desert
These 7 Homes in the Southwest Show How to Design For the Desert
These homes make living in the heat of the desert look easy, breezy, and cool.
 - 7 months ago
At This High-Desert Home, a Whole Wall Opens Up When You Crank a Giant Wheel
At This High-Desert Home, a Whole Wall Opens Up When You Crank a Giant Wheel
In California, architect Tom Kundig delivers an off-the-grid retreat designed for both connection and solitude.
 - 8 months ago
A Film Producer’s Desert Retreat Is a Starburst of Shipping Containers
A Film Producer’s Desert Retreat Is a Starburst of Shipping Containers
A previously unrealized design by Whitaker Studio will become a vacation home in Joshua Tree, each shipping container strategically angled for protection from the climate,...
 - 9 months ago
8 Midcentury-Modern Vacation Homes You Can Rent in Palm Springs
8 Midcentury-Modern Vacation Homes You Can Rent in Palm Springs
Escaping to Palm Springs can feel like taking a trip back in time to the 1960s—and these vacation rentals will complete that experience.
 - 10 months ago
Home Tour: A Petite Prefab With Stunning Views of the Texas Landscape
Home Tour: A Petite Prefab With Stunning Views of the Texas Landscape
This 600-square-foot retreat, designed for an Austin couple, is located deep within a 30,000-acre ranch in West Texas.
 - 10 months ago
A Donald Wexler-Designed Midcentury Home in Palm Springs Asks $599K
A Donald Wexler-Designed Midcentury Home in Palm Springs Asks $599K
This Casablanca floor plan model, designed by the architect who shaped Palm Springs, is a classic example of desert modernism.
 - a year ago
Bold Design Invigorates This Formerly Cookie-Cutter Midcentury Home That’s Asking $345K
Bold Design Invigorates This Formerly Cookie-Cutter Midcentury Home That’s Asking $345K
The stylistic approach for The Black House, the newest project on offer from the Phoenix-based Knob Modern Design, can be summed up in three words: dark, bold, and sexy.
 - a year ago
A Celebrated Palm Springs Hotel Asks $1.8M
A Celebrated Palm Springs Hotel Asks $1.8M
The five-unit complex, thoroughly restored five years ago, combines midcentury looks with contemporary comfort.
 - a year ago
Escape to a John Lautner Micro-Resort in the Californian Desert
Escape to a John Lautner Micro-Resort in the Californian Desert
Stay in a midcentury modern hotel built and inspired by the iconic style of American architect John Lautner.
 - a year ago
8 Iconic Houses in Palm Springs, California
8 Iconic Houses in Palm Springs, California
With its short distance from Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a popular locale for those looking to escape the urban sprawl for a little bit of laid back paradise.
 - a year ago
iT House, Joshua Tree
iT House, Joshua Tree
The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east.
 - 9 years ago
A Collision of Art, Architecture, and Fashion in Marfa
A Collision of Art, Architecture, and Fashion in Marfa
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
 - 2 years ago
To Live and Build in Palm Springs
To Live and Build in Palm Springs
We were recently in Palm Springs soaking up the sun and the majesty of the town's mid-century design.
 - 6 years ago
Smaller in Texas
Smaller in Texas
In a far-flung desert destination, designer Barbara Hill does it again.
 - a year ago
Taking it to the Desert With Dwell Home Tours
Taking it to the Desert With Dwell Home Tours
After a successful kick-off program in San Diego, we’re now making our way to Scottsdale, Arizona for the second stop on our Dwell Home Tours series.
 - 2 years ago
Operation Desert Shed
Operation Desert Shed
Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy,...
 - 9 years ago
Desert Canopy House
Desert Canopy House
We're thrilled to have architect Whitney Sander back to Dwell on Design this year to talk about his unusual prefabricated building system.
 - 5 years ago
5 Hot Tips to Remember When Planning Your Desert Prefab
5 Hot Tips to Remember When Planning Your Desert Prefab
Building a successful home in the desert means being conscious of the region's elements and understanding both the challenges and opportunities.
 - a year ago
A Sculptural Desert Escape Inspired by a Shadow
A Sculptural Desert Escape Inspired by a Shadow
This dark Yucca Valley home tricks the eye through clever use of light and shadow.
 - a year ago
A Minimalist Retreat at the Edge of South Africa's Karoo Desert
A Minimalist Retreat at the Edge of South Africa's Karoo Desert
Using local materials and building methods, a London-based firm crafts a serene home in South Africa.
 - 2 years ago
John Lautner's Desert Rose
John Lautner's Desert Rose
Two Los Angeles designers resuscitate a down-at-the-heel John Lautner building—and give architecture fans a chance to spend the night in a mid-century gem.
 - 6 years ago
Desert Utopia
Desert Utopia
With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.
 - 10 years ago
A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
A Desert Prefab Hits the Jackpot in Sin City
An art-filled retreat fits right into the landscape.
 - 2 years ago