For French architect Cyril Lancelin, founder of innovative studio Town and Concrete, an interior area needn’t be defined by its boundaries – in fact there are times when walls aren’t necessary at all. One such occasion arose when he was asked to design a house for a friend in Palm Springs, California, where a hot, dry climate encourages a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor living.
Employing a series of primitive volumes – including cubes, pyramids and spheres – Cyril created a number of cabins; more intimate spaces that perform the function of private rooms, to be used for sleeping, working and even as a spa. Atop these sculptural forms rests a large flat roof, which is open in certain areas, allowing light to penetrate and encouraging an interplay of the sun’s rays and the shadows they cast.
Barely there glass walls provide enclosure when it’s called for, but never at the expense of the visual connection this home has to its surroundings, which envelop the property and – despite its modernist leanings – accept it as part of the living landscape.
Spheres, pyramids and cubes – both open to the elements and closed to create private cabins – are the building blocks of this architectural abode
The home enjoys panoramic, uninterrupted views of the deserts and mountains of Palm Springs
Shaded day beds provide the perfect position from which to enjoy the awe-inspiring aspects
Curtains offer privacy, when it is so desired
One of the spheres that makes up the structure opens to afford a more intimate space
The central, standalone bath tub surrounded by cacti and desert plants emanates an organic, spa-like appeal
The vistas are astounding from every angle
Another of the spheres reveals a library and office space
Images courtesy of Town and Concrete