Moon Cocoon

SuperAdobe building and land restoration on 10 acres in the Mojave Desert at 4,500 feet elevation.

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The property includes abandoned, partially completed SuperAdobe dome structures, an Airstream trailer, well, septic system, shipping container, in-ground trampoline bed, and water storage tanks. The surrounding land is undeveloped.

The buildings were initially permitted by the previous land owners but never completed. The original design by Nadir Khalili was at least partially funded by NASA as part of Khalili's proposal to construct in-situ "super-adobe" structures on the surface of the moon.

A succession of previous owners scraped a significant amount of the vegetation and topsoil from the property, which are being restored using earthworks to capture water and regenerate soil.

Underground pipes interconnect water, power and septic lines for the various structures. Systems also include small-scale solar and battery and a lounge in the front third of the shipping container. Berms protect from wind and create privacy from a dirt road.

moon cocoon with Andrea
  • moon cocoon pipes
    Installing electrical, septic and water lines, connecting the well to the dome, trailer, and water tanks.
  • Moon cocoon basin
    Skylight for the main dome built from scrap wood, a found steel form, and 1/4 inch polycarbonate.
  • Moon cocoon stained glass
    Salvaged stained glass window installed on southwest side of the entry chamber.
  • Moon cocoon steps
    Steps carved from the trailer to the shipping container.
  • moon cocoon compost
    Composting straw and goat manure cleaned out from the neighbor's goat farm.
  • moon cocoon mulberry
    A solitary Mulberry tree grows on the adjacent abandoned property. Receiving no supplemental water on a scraped, exposed section of the hillside where almost nothing else survives, it explodes with fruit year after year. The tree is cloned from cuttings and planted at other locations or shared with desert neighbors.
  • Moon cocoon basin
    An outdoor bathtub drains into a mulch basin to irrigate shrubs and mesquite trees that will eventually provide shade, food, and privacy.