Sited in Morongo Valley, DOTS is a permanent infrastructure conducive to flexible and temporary inhabitation. A grid – four bays by four bays large – consists of moment resisting columns. The top of the columns, capped with mirrors, align to a datum regardless of the topography below.

DOTS provides a framework that creates a consistent proportion for different types of interventions. Together with participants, we designed spaces that allow for flexible temporary in-habitation – an experiment in collective camping. These scenarios involve walls, shading devices, and camping platforms that can be partitioned in various configurations based on program size, orientations, landscape, and geography throughout the grid.

DOTS exists as a ‘stable’ configuration yet accommodates a number of ‘unstable’ interventions.

Client: Space Saloon

Program: Cultural, Pavilion

Status: Built

Size: 1,024 SF

Location: Joshua Tree, CA

Architect: KM,A (Kyle May) and Office Kovaks (Andrew Kovaks)
Construction: Kyle May, Andrew Kovaks, Willis Bigelow, Anastasiia Budnyk, Weerada Chalermnont, Amanda Delievigne, Phuridej Eakthanasunthorn, Ciana Frenze, Max Harden, Lauren Hunter, Cameron Kursel, Ann-pavinee Langenskioeld, Michael Pickoff, Natchaluck Radomsittipat, Saifa Sathaporn, Erin Wright

Images: KM,A, Zeno Legner, Andrew Kovaks