Industry of All Nations (IOAN) has unveiled The Landing House, a modern wood pavilion seamlessly integrated into the rugged Mojave Desert landscape, near California’s Joshua Tree National Park. In the vast expanse of the desert, where the landscape is both harsh and delicate, the home is an example of eco-sensitive design that not only respects but enhances the surrounding environment.
The Landing House begins with the Gerscovich brothers – Fernando, Juan Diego, and Patricio – whose passion for sustainable design led them to the awe-inspiring Mojave Desert in 2019. Struck by the beauty of the landscape and its natural light patterns, they envisioned a retreat blending into the untouched desert surroundings. After acquiring five-acres of land filled with iconic Joshua trees, natural boulders, and countless views, the brothers embarked on a mission to create a sustainable haven that respects the delicate ecosystem.
Fernando Gerscovich, a Buenos Aires-born architect, emphasizes the importance of minimizing disruptions to the natural landscape. “The landscape is harsh, and it can take decades for a plant or tree to recover if displaced from its delicate ecosystem,” he says. The design philosophy revolves around integration, ensuring that The Landing House becomes a comfortable retreat without imposing on the delicate balance of the desert ecosystem.
The low-profile structure, the use of simple materials like concrete, cedar, and glass, and a commitment to natural aging contribute to the unobtrusive yet captivating presence of the pavilion.
Designed for privacy and tranquility, the home is reached via a 400-year private road that winds through the desert terrain to a 9-foot-high horizontal wall protecting the house. A Yucca tree marks the entrance, welcoming guests to the vacation rental, where they’ll discover endless, 360-degree views.
The central breezeway divides the pavilion into two volumes on either side. “The division of the volumes was conceived as a way to sort of remind people of the natural beauty of their surroundings,” says Gerscovich. “It’s a subtle way of encouraging people to step outside, into nature, in the course of their movements through the house.”
The covered breezeway leads to a concrete platform with a plunge pool designed for relaxation. A second structure houses a solar-paneled carport, providing shade and renewable energy. A hand-carved fire pit in a natural boulder and a circular platform for yoga add additional spots to enjoy the natural surroundings.
Two bedroom suites are located on each end of the pavilion with the breezeway connecting the two wings. One side includes the open living room, kitchen, dining space, and separate workspace. The opposite wing houses the second bedroom, named the Pool Suite, with its own private access.
The interior is designed with cedar wall paneling, polished concrete floors, and white oak furniture resulting in a modern yet cozy space. Sliding glass doors open the living space up to the outdoors while offering views to the courtyard and pool.
If you’re looking to escape to the desert to stay at The Landing House, it’s available for rent via Airbnb here.
Photography by Ye Rin Mok, courtesy of v2com.