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@Arenas Multi-Family, Residential
- 48@Baristo 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
- Morrison Multi-Family, Residential
- Santorini Island Multi-Family, Residential
- Tice Residences Multi-Family, Residential
The Biltmore Colony is a neighborhood of 19 single-family homes located in the heart of Palm Springs. The past 10 years have been a time of revitalization for the city, and the pressures of development have inevitably led to questions about how best to preserve its mid-century modernist tradition while extending design ideas to include the reality of a growing number of permanent residents. The Biltmore Colony responds to these specific forces, as well as the extreme environment, to manifest quintessential desert living.
Dwelling in the desert has always sought to merge indoor and outdoor living. The ever-present sun and rugged terrain of Palm Springs has given distinctive form to this desire to connect outside and inside. Using a zero lot-line strategy, each home is sited to one side of the lot, creatively maximizing the usable outdoor space of each parcel. Inside the house, circulation is maintained strictly along the lot-line wall of the home, allowing visual as well as sound privacy between homes to be preserved. Also, all livable spaces, including bedrooms, are thereby free to be directly linked to the outdoor courtyard by large expanses of sliding glass shaded beneath deep, low overhangs.
Careful planning capitalizes on views to the San Jacinto Mountains from the dwellings either from specifically located windows or from the pool in each private court highlighting this specific way of life, as well as the beauty of the California desert.
Residential Architect Magazine, Detached Production Housing/Merit Award 2007