One of our first loves. The desert is a context of purity that honors simplicity and enduring design. Both of which are exemplified by the mid-century masters.Our portfolio of desert work represents a personal passion and includes residences for clients, partners and even ourselves. We are forever inspired by the desert's unique qualities of light and landscape, as well as the way of living that is so specific to this place.
Our Desert Projects
- 48@Arenas > Multi-Family, Residential
- 48@Baristo > Multi-Family, Residential
- 803 Palm Canyon > Mixed Use
- Biltmore Clubhouse > Commercial
- Biltmore Colony > Multi-Family, Residential
- Downtown Palm Springs > Commercial
- Morrison > Multi-Family, Residential
- The Kimpton Rowan Hotel > Hotel
Additional Multi-Family, Residential Projects
- 48@Baristo Multi-Family, Residential
- Biltmore Colony Multi-Family, Residential
- Blue Flowers Islet Multi-Family, Residential
- Itajuba Towers Multi-Family, Residential
- Luxe Lakes Y-3 Highrise Multi-Family, Residential
- Magnolia Platform Multi-Family, Residential
- Mayland Villas Multi-Family, Residential
- Morrison Multi-Family, Residential
- Tice Residences Multi-Family, Residential
This multi-family second-home project is located adjacent to the downtown district of Palm Springs. Within walking distance, the townhouses are a link to newly vitalized commercial areas.
The U-shaped building configuration, comprised of three different townhouse floor plan types, utilizes tuck-under parking as a response to the city’s 45 percent open space requirement for the site. A strategy of concentrating the car in centralized motor courts allows separate pedestrian passage to partake in a community patio with community pools. Clerestory light monitors with deep overhangs bring natural light into the upper reaches of the volume spaces and allow valuable glimpses of Mount San Jacinto to the west. Carefully detailed sunshades of perforated metal further modulate the intense desert sun.
Production construction techniques have allowed these units to be built for below $60 per square foot in 2003 dollars. The design direction is a specific response to the severely limited budget. Conceptualizing and implementing cost-effective detailing required close cooperation between the builder and architect.
2006 AIA California Council Merit Award, “Palm Springs Patio Home Experiment”