We're not going to go in for a Valentine explosion of pink and red today, but we are going to show you perhaps the most romantic architecture project we've seen for a while.
Created as a weekend desert residence for a family and their dog, this project by Edward Ogosta Architecture is not just a luxury retreat but an exercise in site-specific experiential programming.
The 'Four Eyes House' in Coachella Valley, California, has been designed foremost as an instrument for intensifying a number of onsite natural events, rather than for the normal domestic functions you'd expect.
And the natural phenomena?
Sunrise, spectacular view viewing and star-gazing.
According to the architects, four “sleeping towers” have been oriented towards four spatiotemporal viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and night time stars overhead.
"Each tower contains a compact top-floor bedroom, sized only for the bed, and each with a unique aperture directed towards the view. These bedrooms are equally-sized and unassigned, such that the family’s sleeping locations can be rotated based on each individual’s desired viewing experience."
Vertical circulation within the towers is similarly particularised too using ladders, spiral stairs, switchback stairs, and shallow-riser stairs.
The ground-floor common spaces form a loose connective field between the tower volumes, and are intended to offer a more permeable relationship to the landscape.
"By sleeping in a room elevated off the ground and open to the stars, one might inhabit a deep pocket of silence for a few moments, and perhaps even perceive the movement of the Earth, as it slowly rotates beneath the stars." say the office.