Desert Homes

The best in modern desert homes by Dwell.

Top 5 Homes of the Week That Are Even Hotter Than Their Desert Locations
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Are Even Hotter Than Their Desert Locations
These modern desert homes match their locations with equally impressive design.
By Samantha Daly - a month ago
High Desert House in Joshua Tree Is an Otherworldly Architectural Icon
High Desert House in Joshua Tree Is an Otherworldly Architectural Icon
A couple’s handwritten note to renowned architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg results in an iconic Leviathan of a home in the Californian desert.
 - a month ago
An Indoor/Outdoor Prefab Blooms in the Palm Springs Desert
An Indoor/Outdoor Prefab Blooms in the Palm Springs Desert
While Joel Turkel has built prefab homes all over North America and beyond, he hasn’t had the chance to live in one of his own designs. That will soon change.
 - 2 months ago
A Sustainable, Modern Home Frames a Prickly Desert Landscape
A Sustainable, Modern Home Frames a Prickly Desert Landscape
Conceived as an extension of the Arizona landscape, this eco-friendly, modern house approaches near net-zero energy consumption.
 - 2 months ago
Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert
Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert
Spanning a desert wash, a modern residence in Arizona embraces its natural surroundings with minimal impact.
 - 2 months ago
11 Celebrity Homes That Showcase Desert Modernism in Rancho Mirage
11 Celebrity Homes That Showcase Desert Modernism in Rancho Mirage
Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, and Frank Sinatra were just a few of the notable homeowners in Rancho Mirage, a desert resort just east of Palm Springs.
 - 3 months ago
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.
 - 4 months 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.
 - 4 months 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.
 - 5 months 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.
 - 8 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).
 - 8 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.
 - 8 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.
 - 10 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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,...
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 10 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 3 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.
 - 6 years ago