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Miner’s Shelter: Tiny Desert Dwelling Clad In Glass And Steel

There are times in our lives when all of us would love to escape the daily rush and find that simple retreat that offers just the bare minimum. Taking away the constant connectivity and the unending electronic noise can actually be a boon. Hailing from the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Dave Frazee tried to emulate the great architect as he conjured up and created this modest and compact desert shelter. While this beautiful little glass box is not a full-fledged tiny home by any stretch if the imagination, it sure is a sturdy desert shelter in the heart of the dusty outback near Taliesin, Arizona. Built on an existing concrete block and chimney, the Miner’s Shelter still woos you with its rustic charm.

Tiny glass and steel desert shelter Miner’s Shelter: Tiny Desert Dwelling Clad In Glass And Steel

The approach of modest living was started in this neck of the woods by the great architect himself and coming from his school of architecture, it is barely surprising that the pupil tried to emulate the master in the truest sense. Instead of making a temporary shelter, Dave opted to go down a more permanent route. Using simple steel posts, he attached the compact box that he crafted to the existing chimney and concrete block. Clad in glass and exposed steel, the addition seems like a natural extension of the surrounding landscape and allows those inside to take in the many sights and sounds outside.

The tiny steel and glass box only has enough space for a single bed and a corner shelf that houses the candles which offer the necessary illumination at night. Glass windows that open like wings help cool the interior in a natural manner and the chimney comes in handy during the harsh winter months. The box shelter even has a small patio in the front where you can relax under the stars! A simple design that is in tune with its surroundings…

Glass windows offer a view of the world outside1 Miner’s Shelter: Tiny Desert Dwelling Clad In Glass And Steel

Candles offer lighting at night time in the lonely desert dwelling

Sliding glass doors for the concrete shelter

Cleverly constructed Miner's Shelter by Dave Frazee

Miner's Shelter in the Arizona Desert

Glass and concrete tiny shelter blends into the backdrop

Blueprint of the simple shelter

Keeping the Design Simple

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