The Edit: Best of Desert Architecture

 Ordos Museum by MAD Architects in Inner Mongolia, China

Ordos Museum by MAD Architects in Inner Mongolia, China

Apart from the soft breeze, the desert air is soundless. Camel Thorn trees and families of cactus adorn the otherwise arid sun-beaten gently undulating landscapes, where sculptural architecture rises from earth-crunched rock formations. It's the barren land of the world's deserts that equally lend creative inspiration and challenges for the structures built on them; as they must battle harsh temperatures, dust storms, monsoons and erosion. A few architects have used these challenges to their advantage, to innovate, to create radical pieces of architecture on the dry, rigid terrain. In a place where even people struggle to live, these beautiful structures stand tall, which is why we've rounded up the best of desert architecture.