California’s arid landscape is fertile ground for architecture, as this modern holiday home attests.

Los Angeles-based architect Robert Stone designed Acido Dorado on a five-acre plot of open desert in Joshua Tree.

The 1,350 sq ft property hugs the horizon and digs into the landscape, rising only 8 ft at its peak above ground while mimicking the contours of the surrounding hills.

Inside the property, 10-ft mirrored ceilings and walls create the illusion of endless space. This is heightened by a flowing, open-plan layout and a reflection pool that bookends the house.

Gold features heavily across Acido Dorado, from its surfaces to its concept: ‘Gold is a colour, a material, and an idea,’ says Stone. ‘[It] is impossible to separate from its connotations and consider abstractly.’

Reflection pool and landscape
Photography: Brad Landsill / Airbnb

Inspired by the lessons of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, the property’s canopy roof moderates the amount of light into the interior spaces below, keeping them cool in the desert heat. Stone also ensured that 78% of the property can be opened up to the outdoors.

Acido Dorado’s two bedrooms feature glass walls and their own private atriums, which are planted with ocotillos. Shower rooms open onto these interior spaces.

Accommodating up to four guests, it’s available to rent via Airbnb.

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