Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

Temecula, CA

A painter's studio and retreat, conceived as a "tent" for working and a "cave" for sleeping.

The Dorland Mountain Arts Colony covers nearly ten acres of a 300-acre Nature Conservancy preserve overlooking the Temecula Valley in California. Roto donated design-build services for a small cabin used as a painter’s studio and retreat.


There is no electricity on the site and the only source of heat is a wood-burning stove. The project was conceived as a tent for working and a cave for sleeping, exploiting the natural light by using fabric for the roof. This handmade building was constructed using wood, lumber and lodge poles, concrete, steel cable and strap and fabric for the roof.

SIZE : 1,000 SF

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323 226-1112

600 Moulton Avenue #405

Los Angeles, California

90031 USA

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