Man and Nature Create Work of Art
A house that pays homage to nature and its surroundings is the perfect retreat for people jaded, if not stressed out, by the fast-paced and often chaotic city living. So, when rough times come to a head, there’s this little voice inside us – an inner longing – that goads us to re-connect with Nature and go deeper into ourselves. Most often the best places to do that are in a forest, along a lake, by the beach, in a valley or high atop a cliff. The desert, often perceived as a harsh and punishing environment, is hardly ever a choice for such. But a desert location can offer visual delight and exhilarating experiences not quite possible in other locations.
One shining example is this architecture cum work of art in progress – man’s handiwork that stands paradoxically both in contrast and in harmony with nature’s own. As a unique duo of sculptural architecture, it’s a refreshing and captivating desert getaway – perfect for trendy “glamping” or glamorous camping or – at the other end of the spectrum – spiritual self-introspection and renewal.
This one-of-a-kind desert architecture is a perfect combination and contrast of colors and shapes, of natural and man-made wonders. So take a look at these photos and tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
Located in Dragonfly Lane, Pioneertown, California, the desert retreats’ exterior of various shades of brown blends beautifully with nature’s own color palette, with the sky and the desert vegetation providing fascinating counterpoints.
Dragonfly is an alternative solar powered, off-the-grid, artistic, architectural and sculptural project that has been and will evolve over the next few years to its completion. As an artist and a designer, with passion for alternative architecture, Dragonfly Desert Retreat represents a vision perhaps 3/4 finished.
In 2006, I began designing, building and living for 4 years full time, with much fewer conveniences than it now has. While I am still working to complete the vision and make it more and more comfortable, the setting allows one to experience the pioneering spirit, and feel a deep connection to the exquisite natural surroundings.
My vision for the completed project are sculptural domes that compliment the natural environment. . . .
Thank you, Magdalen Boyd-Wilson
Just as the play of light and shadows enables us to distinguish shapes and distance, the different shades of brown give depth and substance to the scene, giving a muted and monochromatic rendering against a cerulean sky.
The following photos show the interior views of the first dome retreat . . . .
The cyan and golden yellow hues of the interior provide a vibrant aura to this flowing, open plan layout, where each area segues into another, blurring the distinction between room functions.
Now, let’s take a look inside the second dome retreat . . .
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