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Exterior, Mid-Century Building Type, House Building Type, and Butterfly RoofLine Krisel was also known for his boldly modern approach to landscape. The Menrad residence, shown here, features a distinct geometric design. The architect, working in the harsh Palm Springs climate, relied on hardscape elements—setting a precedent for drought-tolerant landscape design.  A Crash Course in Palm Springs Architecture from Midcentury Lovers: You Can Thank This Architect for Transforming Palm Springs Into a Modernist Hotbed