Rosa Muerta is an internationally known icon of new architecture that is also a very intimate and inspiring place to be . . . and it is made available for vacation rentals to share that experience with a few people each year.
Rosa Muerta is a pavillion in the desert and takes advantage of the mild weather with an architecture of walls without roofs, and roofs without walls. It offers luxurious amenities while paradoxically remaining connected in a deep way to the elemental rawness of the desert. It is very black.
The house has a large suite style bedroom. The bed is sheltered by block walls and a black stained wood roof, but planters filled with blooming Occotillo on either side are open to the sky and bring desert breezes through at night. There is a glass roofed fully equiped kitchen where you can cook a gourmet meal, a black mirrored vanity with a black glass sink, and a huge shower with a built-in bench and open beams to the sky above.
This is adjoined by an outdoor living room that is cut down into the desert floor and surrounded by a custom formed block-screen wall and ornate wrought iron screens that completely slide open to the surrounding desert. It is equipped with a barbeque and sink for outdoor cooking and catering, an ipod/cd stereo, a huge heated and jetted spa, and a fire pit. All of this is under a mirrored canopy that reflects the fire light, the pool light, and the surrounding sand and sky.
The single most valuble thing we offer, that even the most deluxe hotels can only pretend to, is authentic architecture. Beyond modernism this place represents an ambitious new approach to design that connects rather than recedes from its cultural context. That new approach deliberately steps out of the shadow of modernism and formalism and has brought the houses international recognition and wide cultural impact. Something magic happens when you find yourself in a place that isn't an imitation of somewhere else. There is a great sense of focus, and the time and place are truly your own.
This house was constructed, and is managed and maintained by architect Robert Stone as an open gesture to share his handcrafted and conceptually layered architecture with people that have common interests. Guests are asked to please introduce themselves, their group and their plans. Our goal is to find a way to accommodate those who connect strongly with the place.
For more views of Rosa Muerta including architectural writing and photography, fashion photgraphy, and travel features from a guest's point of view please websearch PrettyVacantProperties, Rosa Muerta or Robert Stone Architect.
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