Palm Springs House

Palm Springs, California
Architect
Interior Design
Landscape Design
Photographer
  • Nick Merrick
  • Hedrich Blessing
Location
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 5000
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 5
  • The Coachella Valley in southern California is flat and arid, flanked by the San Jacinto Mountains to the west and Joshua Tree National Park to the east. The Palm Springs House is embedded in a San Jacinto promontory that overlooks the valley and mountain ranges beyond. The home celebrates its setting, capturing the spirit of its region in its form and execution.

    Two offset linear building masses contain living and sleeping spaces respectively that are linked by a light-filled kitchen. The courtyards resulting from this volumetric shift open to expansive mountain and valley panoramas. Operable glass facades are concentrated at the south and east of the home and integrate the indoor and outdoor experiences by providing views, daylight, and natural ventilation. Deep roof overhangs and the relocation of existing olive trees provide shading at all glass wall exposures. An infinity-edge pool reinforces the bold roof lines, contributing to the ethereal quality of the environment. A forty-two foot long Keiko Hara painting, “Imbuing in Monet,” stretches across the living spaces, carrying natural themes and colors indoors.

    The project presented an opportunity to restore the native desert landscape that had been disrupted by lawn from a previous development. The home’s mindful footprint preserves existing drought-tolerant vegetation on approximately sixty per cent of the site. The structural system maximizes the use of wood, thereby relying on local materials and labor. A Palm Springs craftsman produced the custom thin-profile operable window system.

    Responsive to natural forms, processes, and sounds, the house cherishes its landscape.

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    Front View

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    Front View

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    Family Room / View Towards Entry Gate

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    Living Room / View Towards Palm Springs

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    View From Living Room onto Front Terrace

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    View Towards Living Room from Front Terrace

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    Front Terrace

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    Back Terrace

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    Kitchen View

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    Front Terrace at Dusk