Kendrick Bangs Kellogg – The Desert House

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Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

Perched on the side of a rocky hill in the desert Californian, stands an unusual building. Designer Ken Kellogg has made a point of respecting the arid environment that surrounds this magnificent villa, giving the impression that the house was carved out of stone. The Desert House stands amidst rocks and desert sand.
Located on 10 acres, blends with the environment and has all the characteristics of an organic modern design of architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg. The exoskeleton-like house sits atop a pile of rocks at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park and offers stunning views of the surrounding desert and carefully protected preserve.

Let desert, in Joshua Tree National Park, discovering a villa..

House of 4000 square feet of textured concrete and glass is under construction since 1987 and should be completed in 1993.

Organic Architecture in the California Desert, a house in harmony with nature..

La Maison du Desert is the property of Jay Doolittle, who started the construction of the house 1987 with his wife, Bev. completed in 1993, this modern property 4643 square foot tucked away in Joshua Tree House has been carefully designed, elaborated on, developed and refined during 27 years and is now on the market for the first time.

Some houses have stone walls, but Doolittle house in the desert north of Palm Springs, in California… Will have walls that are rocks. These blocks are not a design claim. They are, in fact, an integral part of the structure. Bev et Jay Doolittle, both artists Wildlife, chose the cliff 10 acres because of his views: it overlooks a desert landscape of Joshua trees, rabbits, coyotes and distant mountains. “The blocks are located where they are”, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg said, an architect in San Diego. "We designed the house around the rocks.”

The way the entrance is steep and paved with natural stone, as much of the soil inside – which could be likened to a group of freestanding concrete trees with lots of air between them. The house has indoor and outdoor waterfalls, ponds and spa, but no pool. Technically, these "trees" are 26 concrete pillars, each supported by the bedrock under the house. Windows set at unconventional angles fill irregular gaps between the columns twist while letting in lots of natural light. Rising ground, windows continue uninterrupted in the ceiling.

The entrance to this villa with a custom wrought iron gate, accompanying an answering machine

Intricate metalwork can be found anywhere from front doors.

modern organic field by Ken Kellogg AIA – Joshua Tree, THAT

Intricate metalwork can be found everywhere from entrance doors and railings to interior details such as floor grilles, hood headboards and fireplace.

A decision made by the Architect himself – Inspired perhaps from another planet ?!!

With interior design by John Vugrin, the cavernous interior is filled with organic shapes and forms throughout. Bend built-ins and seemingly amorphous forms all add to the functionality of the unusual home.


MTJP- Joshua Tree is the culmination of nearly’ a month spent in exploring the Joshua Tree National Park. We chose Joshua Tree because of its unique landscape. Its huge piles of rocks, colorful cactus fields, endless expanses of desert, and one-of-a-kind Joshua trees make a spectacular setting. This film was shot entirely in 4K.

A Night in Lapse Joshua Tree National Parc

60 seconds : Timelapse of the shower Perseids Meteor to Joshua Tree Park.

16 Feb. 2015 One winter night Joshua Tree clearly intended for a beautiful sunset Moonrise and sunset time-lapse. Shot using Canon 6D with a modified Duclose Zeiss Distagon 18mm ZF.2
Introduced in 3840×2160 image de UHD4K Downsized.

Taken in June 2016 On a little road trip from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree. Registered on time with Nikon D800 and Nikon D600 – 14-24 14mm lenses and Rokinon lens.
The location was at Joshua Tree National Park – Hidden Valley camping, cholla cactus garden and Wall Street Mill Trail.


Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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