Maison Bande Dessinée

Joshua Tree, California 2017-Onging

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Program: House

Client: Private

Status: Permitting

Schematic Design: Jimenez Lai, Joanna Grant, Lena Kohl

Design Development: Sharif Anous

Structural Consultant: Nous Engineering


Maison Bande Dessinée is a desert house in Joshua Tree, CA. It is a house with frames that frame frames. Contained within the frames are episodes of still life paintings in a contemporary world. The frames themselves are prosthetics, organized to view nature, as well as the social context of this house.

The house itself has an adversarial relationship with its northerly neighbor, thus the filtering of views screens out the chances of viewing in, but allowing only viewing out.