Contemporary Modern in a Mid-Century Mecca

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May 1, 2013
When Andy Linsky, a realtor specializing in mid-century homes, and his partner Michael Thomas, set out to build a home of their own, they enlisted architect Ana Escalante to realize their vision. After seeing just one project by the architect, the duo knew Escalante would be adept at creating a home worthy of the pedigreed surroundings in Palm Springs, California. The result—a block, steel, and glass 7,600 square foot structure that blends in with the many mid-century homes the desert community is known for, belying the home’s youth. Yet, seamlessly concealed passive design strategies signify the structure’s contemporary roots. Read Full Article
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   The back of the house takes center stage with wide-reaching windows opening to the desert and mountains at its feet. Photo by: Justin Keena.  

     

    The back of the house takes center stage with wide-reaching windows opening to the desert and mountains at its feet. Photo by: Justin Keena.  

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   The home’s exteriors wrap around the side, offering additional opportunities to bask in the picturesque surroundings. Photo by: Justin Keena.  

     

    The home’s exteriors wrap around the side, offering additional opportunities to bask in the picturesque surroundings. Photo by: Justin Keena.  

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   With an outdoor area like this, the Linksy-Thomas household was an obvious choice to host Dwell dinners during Modernism Week. Photo by: Justin Keena. 

     

    With an outdoor area like this, the Linksy-Thomas household was an obvious choice to host Dwell dinners during Modernism Week. Photo by: Justin Keena. 

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   While the exterior of the house remains open, its placement allows for solitude. The homeowners relish both the panoramic views and sense of privacy their home offers. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

     

    While the exterior of the house remains open, its placement allows for solitude. The homeowners relish both the panoramic views and sense of privacy their home offers. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

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   The exposed CMU walls provide visual interest throughout the home. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

     

    The exposed CMU walls provide visual interest throughout the home. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

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   The views take center stage and are seen immediately upon entering the home. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

     

    The views take center stage and are seen immediately upon entering the home. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

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   The main body of the house was pushed four feet below ground to take advantage of year-round thermal properties of the earth. Clerestory glass seen overhead in the kitchen allows additional light to enter the home without contributing excessive heat. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

     

    The main body of the house was pushed four feet below ground to take advantage of year-round thermal properties of the earth. Clerestory glass seen overhead in the kitchen allows additional light to enter the home without contributing excessive heat. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

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   An open floor plan takes advantage of widespread views. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

     

    An open floor plan takes advantage of widespread views. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber.

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   The master suite opens into the outdoors. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber. 

     

    The master suite opens into the outdoors. Photo by: NuVue Interactive/Lance Gerber. 

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