Like a shining desert mirage, this cluster of reflective, eco-friendly buildings stands deep in the New Mexico wilderness. Designed by MOS Architects for the Museum of Outdoor Arts, they serve as a visitor center and guest housing for those visiting a nearby sculpture: the massive outdoor observatory built by artist Charles Ross. While Ross's work looks to the stars, these units—titled the Element House—are focused on the terrestrial environment: thanks to a combination of passive cooling systems, solar panels, and water recycling systems allow it to operate without connections to public utilities.
∙Museum of Outdoor Arts Element House / MOS Architects [ArchDaily]
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