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Take a Nap in the Most Beautiful Little Box in the Southwest

Between the Yale senior building a treehouse sanctuary in the Connecticut woods, the German design student dreaming up a single-person motorized mobile home, and the 9 and 10-year-olds designing houses with trampoline rooms and driving ranges, there's been a glut of intriguing student-designed work lately, the latest being this pretty perfect little box plunked on sunburnt ground of Scottsdale, Ariz. Perhaps channeling his inner Henry David Thoreau (or just latching on to the latest architectural tendency toward lovely, tiny, and incredibly remote projects) Dave Frazee, a student at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Spring Green, Wis., created his isolated Miner's Shelter out of the ruins of a defunct mining site. The design is simple: a glass door, a chimney, awning windows, oxidized steel panels. The interiors are even simpler: just a mattress and a ledge for a handful of tea lights.

His structure sits just south of a smattering of other off-the-grid student work, many of them also built on top of abandoned foundations.

· Houzz Tour: A Student's Bed-Size Shelter in the Arizona Desert [Houzz]
· All The Great Outdoors posts [Curbed National]