It isn’t exactly gold and it isn’t exactly a house: it’s a rental property just outside of Joshua Tree covered with gold paint. But don’t let the description fool you, the effect created by a space enveloped in monochromatic gold is more substantial than the veneer of paint that enables this effect. This project is called Acido Dorado (spanish for Golden Acid) and was designed by Robert Stone. The house has a nearby sibling that is monochromatic black; both are available to rent and both have been extensively featured in magazines. The house is more real than a mirage of El Dorado, but like a mirage, the house has a few optic tricks going on thanks to a reflective ceiling and planes of overlapping, gilded grids. I imagine that the Acido part of the name comes from these optic tricks.