Inside the Desert House designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg

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Looking like a supervillain’s lair, these photographs lift the lid on one of America’s wackiest homes.

The quirky so-called Desert House was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, an architect who is known for his bold and pioneering designs, and completed after a five-year build in 1993. 

Images taken by California-based photographer Lance Gerber show how the 4,643-square-foot property is built around giant boulders found strewn across the Mojave Desert, with the rocks forming part of the exterior and interior. 

Looking like a supervillain's lair, these photographs lift the lid on one of America's wackiest homes

Looking like a supervillain's lair, these photographs lift the lid on one of America's wackiest homes

Looking like a supervillain’s lair, these photographs lift the lid on one of America’s wackiest homes

 Bangs Kellogg designed the house for artist Bev Doolittle and her husband, Jay

 Bangs Kellogg designed the house for artist Bev Doolittle and her husband, Jay

 Bangs Kellogg designed the house for artist Bev Doolittle and her husband, Jay

The quirky so-called Desert House was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, an architect who is known for his bold and pioneering designs, and completed after a five-year build in 1993

The quirky so-called Desert House was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, an architect who is known for his bold and pioneering designs, and completed after a five-year build in 1993

The quirky so-called Desert House was designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, an architect who is known for his bold and pioneering designs, and completed after a five-year build in 1993


In total, the abode features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with slick, minimalist-styled interiors running throughout

In total, the abode features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with slick, minimalist-styled interiors running throughout

In total, the abode features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with slick, minimalist-styled interiors running throughout

In total, the abode features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with slick, minimalist-styled interiors running throughout.


An image of a dining area shows how a boulder acts as a main feature, with a staircase running alongside it.

Another photo shows how one of the bedrooms boasts views of the stunning desert landscape, thanks to a staggered ceiling with panes of glass connecting each layer.

Bangs Kellogg designed the house for artist Bev Doolittle and her husband, Jay. 

To ensure it blended in with the natural surroundings, the designer used a combination of rock, concrete, steel, glass, and copper. 

Images taken by California-based photographer Lance Gerber show how the 4,643-square-foot property is built around the giant boulders found strewn across the Mojave Desert, with the rocks forming parts of the exterior and interior

A photo shows how one of the bedrooms boasts views of the stunning desert landscape, thanks to a staggered ceiling with panes of glass connecting each layer

A photo shows how one of the bedrooms boasts views of the stunning desert landscape, thanks to a staggered ceiling with panes of glass connecting each layer

A photo shows how one of the bedrooms boasts views of the stunning desert landscape, thanks to a staggered ceiling with panes of glass connecting each layer

In a bid to ensure it blended in with the natural surroundings, the designer used a combination of rock, concrete, steel, glass, and copper

In a bid to ensure it blended in with the natural surroundings, the designer used a combination of rock, concrete, steel, glass, and copper

In a bid to ensure it blended in with the natural surroundings, the designer used a combination of rock, concrete, steel, glass, and copper

Little was known about the outlandish property until it hit the market for $3million in 2014. 

The Doolittles said at the time that they were hoping to downsize and they relocated to a smaller property in Utah.

The proud new owners were revealed as Manhattan Beach residents Kristopher Dukes, an interior designer, and Matthew Jacobson, a Facebook executive.

The buyers said that they purchased the building with the intention of ‘preserving it as a work of art’ and didn’t intend on living there full-time.

The Desert House sits on a rocky ten-acre plot with a private driveway snaking up towards the front door. 

Other novel properties crafted by Bangs Kellogg, now aged 84, include the Onion House on Hawaii’s Big Island and the Lotus House in La Jolla, California.


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