Art need not always serve a practical function, but when a project like the Eco-Desert Retreat is born, it's really something special.
The other work of designer Michael Jantzen demonstrates that he's quite interested in the way architectural forms interact with the surrounding landscape, and this installation is no exception. The collection of transportable structures comprises a short-term living space with basic amenities, but the beauty of it lies in its ability to self-sustain.
The organic wooden entities that shape the sculptural dwelling include facilities including rainwater collection, solar panels and a separate wind turbine. All elements have been orchestrated to perform such functions, all the while offering guests of the Eco-Desert Retreat a dynamic built environment for acquiring shelter and enjoying nature.