The Joshua Tree Folly reflects the world’s most unique landscape. This piece of architecture blends indoor-outdoor living with an emphasis on entertaining discerning travellers enveloped in an innovative minimalistic design.
Set in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park, California, the Folly cabins are a pair of off-grid, rusted barns which have been turned into a very unique holiday home. These stunning, rusted buildings stand like sculptures in the middle of the barren desert but are more than just pretty.
The cabins were redesigned by Malek Alqadi, the founder of Los Angeles-based firm Cohesion Studio, as a prototype guest house. While the buildings were initially built in 1954, they were abandoned and have sat there unused since. To Alqadi, "the goal was to breathe new life into an overlooked and underused space - almost like upcycling an abandoned barn".
The Joshua Tree Folly is a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cabin which can sleep around 2-6 guests. The space is most comfortable for groups of 2 - 4 but can sleep up to 6 at a push. The loft bedroom contains a cosy queen size bed and a large skylight. The second bed is a sofa pullout (that sleeps two) in the downstairs living area. For the outside adventurers - the stargazer suite has a comfortable queen size bed.
Between the two buildings is an outdoor fireplace for group bonfires and a soaking tub to help you relax and unwind.
Despite being an off-the-grid cabin, it is packed full of technology and guests are able to monitor energy consumption and solar production, change their lighting settings, open and close the solar powered skylights and set cooling and heating temperatures of the space.
The Folly house is located just on the edge of the Joshua Tree National Park which is a vast protected area in southern California. It is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert.
On moonless nights, almost any spot in Joshua Tree is good for stargazing. The desert’s low humidity and remote location away from city glare lend itself to jet-black nights perfect for spying constellations, glowing planets, and even distant galaxies. During the day the national parks offer numerous opportunities for the adventurous spirit such as Hiking and Rock Climbing.
The region also plays host to numerous music festivals each year such as the famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Joshua Tree Music Festival.
The nearest airport to Joshua tree is Indio/Palm Springs Airport. The airport is located 3 miles outside of Palm Springs, California and has regular connections to most major cities in the United States. Public transport in the region is limited so we would recommend that you drive out to the property. It takes around 50 minutes to drive there from Palm Springs or around 2 and half hours if you are driving from Los Angeles.
Address: Joshua Tree, California, United StatesView larger map