Referred to by the design team as the “parasol cottage”, a perforated metal copper screen drapes over and around the building, separated from the cottage enclosure by several feet creating a zone of environmental transition. This treatment shields the cottage from the hot summer sun, allowing the heat to build up between the cottage roof and parasol. Here it has a diminished impact on cottage interior temperature and is evacuated with breezes or will dissipate after sunset. The cottage utilizes prefabricated components and construction strategies to assist in maintaining quality control of the work and permitting quick on site assembly. The cottage sits above grade, both to minimize the impact on the fragile desert ecosystem and to further assist in dissipating the 100 degree heat. The cottage, while compact, has both a private and semi-public relationship to exterior spaces.