LA-based architect Pavlina Williams has transformed a dilapidated dome home into this midcentury holiday home in Palm Springs.
Williams and her husband bought the run-down Buckminster Fuller-inspired bolthole – originally built by a chemical engineer in 1956 as a weekend getaway for his family – back in 2015, and set about restoring it to its Modernist best.
Says Williams: ‘The main issue was the windows because it was really dark [inside]. There was a dingy little window here and there. It was such a waste of potential – and the 360-degree views.’
Working across weekends and holidays, they ripped out later additions to the tired geodesic structure, including a suspended acoustic ceiling, and added a tapestry of angular, geometric windows to frame views of the panoramic desert surrounds. The couple also removed the flooring, exposing the building’s original concrete slab, now polished.
The Dome House is available to rent from $245 per night from BoutiqueHomes, and while its exterior channels a 1970s rustic vibe – thanks to its mix of stone and wooden shingles – the Californian holiday home’s interiors have been given a minimalist makeover.
Walls have been given a lick of white paint, exaggerating the sense of volume inside the building. Furnishings meanwhile pay homage to Palm Springs’ midcentury modern heritage.