2021 RDAA | Custom on the Boards | Orbital House | Edward Ogosta Architecture

Once this weekend home is built near Joshua Tree, California, there will be no reason to travel to Mars. A full, otherworldly experience will be available right here on Earth. Ed Ogosta’s client wanted a home that would help him “live in an incredible way,” Ed recalls. There’s little doubt it will. 

“We worked through a number of different possibilities for the bowl-shaped site, but there was something really elegant about the simplicity of the circle around a square,” he explains. “The whole program fit.” 

The square sits between the two circles and contains the conditioned space. Meanwhile the deep circular overhangs shade interiors from heat gain and provide covered terraces for certain rooms. Light monitors atop the house usher light into the kitchen and the bathroom. Outdoor spaces are contained within a large plinth, an Ogosta trademark.

All the sitting areas—both indoor and outdoor—are sunken to create the feeling of “inhabiting the earth,” says the architect. “And it gives you a different perspective on the rugged Flintstones topography.”

Inhabiting the earth, perhaps, but possibly not the Earth. For the house is surely a spaceship that can leave our atmosphere at will. But then again, if you lived here, why would you want to?

Custom on the Boards

Honor Award

Edward Ogosta Architecture
Orbital House
Yucca Valley, California

Project Credits

Architect: Edward Ogosta, AIA, Edward Ogosta Architecture, Los Angeles

Structural Engineer:
Carl Howe, C.W. Howe Partners, Culver City, California

Project Size: 1,700 square feet

Site Size: 7.5 acres

Key Products

Countertops: Caesarstone

Faucets: Kohler

Kitchen Appliances: Fisher & Paykel

Lighting: Lutron

Railing: C.R. Laurence

Roof Windows: VELUX

Toilets: Geberit

Windows/Window Wall Systems: Western Window Systems

Window Shading: Mechoshade



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