Unexpectedly juxtaposing the desert setting that envelops the form, Moccasin Flats undergoes a transformation that aims to redefine luxury living in such a remote context. Woods + Dangaran draws inspiration from the landscape’s tones, envisioning a robust and grounded series of dwellings that extend along the site, embracing the natural contours of the earth.
Nestled in the heart of Utah’s Washington County, Moccasin Flats comprises a series of homes that can be easily replicated en masse. All have been designed to seamlessly integrate external energy sources such as solar and water, and the structural elements and foundation utilise locally produced concrete. Each individual home is customised to accommodate variations in orientation and access, all crafted to harmonise with the surrounding landscape. The design ethos aims for the flats to seemingly blend into the natural environment while prioritising privacy and framed views of the mesa and desert vistas from within, anchoring the residences within this distinctive context.
Woods + Dangaran draws inspiration from the landscape’s tones, envisioning a robust and grounded series of dwellings that extend along the site, embracing the natural contours of the earth.
The sandy tones of the concrete blend with the existing terrain, as the material is sourced in close proximity to the site. Reflecting the textural resilience of the region, the design is also inspired by the modernist movement and incorporates long spans and extensive glazed openings that invite the landscape into the interior. The base material of each home exudes a natural warmth, which is further accentuated by additional internal textures. The subtle finish on the walls captures and absorbs light in various ways throughout the day, altering the mood in response to environmental conditions.
Central to the ambiance of each dwelling was ensuring they felt responsive to the site. Drawing inspiration from the surroundings for the palette and material choices, every finish and the absence of ornate detailing contribute to the narrative of the form as a tranquil haven. The vast skies and remoteness further contribute to a meditative undertone throughout the structure.
Harmonising with the vastness of the site, Moccasin Flats presents an attractive lifestyle and is designed to be occupied year-round, featuring a variety of wellness, workplace, fitness and social spaces. Woods + Dangaran have considered every aspect, inserting a thoughtful form into this secluded area.