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Architecture January, 31 2014

The Black Desert House by Marc Atlan + Oller & Pejic

Offering views across Joshua Tree National Park in California, and located only 30 minutes from Palm Springs, ‘The Black Desert House’ was designed by creative director Marc Atlan alongside architecture firm Oller & Pejic. The low-profile structure is built amid an outcrop of prehistoric boulders, and sits starkly in all-black and reflective glass in the Californian desert. Built around an open central courtyard, the rear of the residence opens out to a sheltered patio and pool area. Internally a sunken level living area features floor to ceiling glass windows which allow expansive views of the region. Black walls, midnight quartz, high-gloss anthracite, and darkened steel are used to contrast the harsh desert sun and make use of the constantly changing color, light and shade.

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