Carrying on the tradition of student-built desert shelters at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, 'The Loft' was designed, constructed and inhabited as a final year thesis project at The School of Architecture at Taliesin in 2019. The thesis explored concepts of functional and aesthetic adaptability, the psychology of user control, and the idea of anticipatory architecture as a spatial framework that supports a built environment in a constant state of change.

A welded steel frame defines a flexible space with a sleeping platform floating above the desert floor. Perforated metal panels (provided by Arktura) and sliding canvas panels respond to the intense desert sun with dynamic play of light and shadow. The remaining openness welcomes future intervention and adaptation from students at Taliesin's living laboratory in years to come.

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Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Chair. Chairs by @jonacat Photo  of The Loft

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Modern home with Outdoor, Shrubs, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Desert, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 2 of The Loft
Modern home with Bedroom and Bed. Photo 3 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Tiny Home Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and Metal Siding Material. Photo 4 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Tiny Home Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 5 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Tiny Home Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, and Metal Siding Material. Photo 6 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Tiny Home Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 7 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Flat RoofLine, Tiny Home Building Type, and Metal Siding Material. Photo 8 of The Loft
Modern home with Bedroom and Bed. Photo 9 of The Loft
Modern home with Bedroom and Bed. Photo 10 of The Loft
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Modern home with Outdoor, Desert, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 13 of The Loft
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Modern home with Outdoor and Desert. Photo 16 of The Loft
Modern home with Outdoor and Desert. Photo 17 of The Loft
Modern home with Outdoor, Desert, Shrubs, Metal Patio, Porch, Deck, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Trees. Photo 18 of The Loft
Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Tiny Home Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Metal Siding Material. Photo 19 of The Loft

Credits

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Architect
  • Designed by Taylor Bode
Builder
  • Taylor Bode
Photographer
  • Steph Bode
Year
  • 2019
  • Square Feet
  • 200