Off-grid desert retreat lets star gazers sleep under the night sky
Cohesion Studio recently completed the Folly, an attractive rusted retreat that takes its place very well in the rugged desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California. The dwelling runs off-the-grid with solar power and features a novel bedroom with a removed roof section that lets visitors fall asleep beneath the night sky.
The two structures that make up the Folly have a combined floorspace of 850 sq ft (79 sq m). They're based on the site of an old dilapidated homestead that previously existed on the property and sport a steel cladding that's meant to naturally patina with the desert conditions.
The buildings share a wooden deck area with a sunken soaking tub and outdoor shower. The smaller of the two stores off-grid gear downstairs, with the stargazing bedroom upstairs.
Providing you're willing and able to make the climb up the ladder on the outside of the structure, it looks like a cosy place to take in the night sky (or the sun for that matter), and has the bed positioned towards the missing roof section, as well as a small dining area, a bio-ethanol fireplace, and a fridge.
The larger of the buildings includes a living/dining area with a two-person sofa bed, a kitchen, and a toilet. The indoor shower has a boulder installed and a large window offering views of the desert. Elsewhere, an indoor ladder leads to a loft bedroom that has integrated storage and is topped by a skylight.
The Folly gets all its power from a solar panel array and also features a greywater system. Visitors can control lighting and monitor energy usage via an iOS device.
Cohesion Studio is now working on building additional off-grid dwellings in The Hamptons and southern California, but for those interested in spending the night in the Folly, it's currently available to rent on Airbnb.