That UFO-esque object taking shape on a plot adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park? Patrick Tighe is quick to correct our perception: “It’s more like an outcropping of the surrounding rocks, less like something landing from above.” The amorphous 2,700-square-foot form is furthermore going to be a Los Angeles entrepreneur’s weekend retreat once completed in early 2017.
It’s being constructed from polyurethane foam sprayed onto a steel framework—think of a human form with a spray-on tan. Rubberized membrane roofing offers protection from UV rays and fire. “For years, I’ve been researching foam as a fully integrated building material, with both structural and insulation properties,” Tighe says, adding that the single-source building system is particularly suited to the remote location. “It’s a one-trade deal.” Meaning there’s no need for individual framers, finishers, and other assorted subcontractors to make the trek. All of which reduces construction cost and environmental impact.
Speaking of sustainability, a photovoltaic system will provide electric power, generating more savings. Various oculi and windows will simultaneously welcome the high-desert sun.
Project Team: Zack Teixeira; Evelina Sausina; Cristen Dawson; Jarod Poenisch.