Architecture Design of High Desert Retreat

Description About The Project

High Desert Retreat designed by Aidlin Darling Design is a low-slung home in California’s Palm Desert that intended to contrast the boulders and trees found in its remote setting. This three-bedroom family home located on a rocky plateau in the arid landscape, with views of the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountain Range. As a result, this elevated vantage led to the name High Desert Retreat for the project, which earned a 2021 AIA Design Award in the interiors category.

The brief is creating a retreat in the desert well away from the urban lives. Also, offers a modest home that didn’t remove a single Pinyon tree, embraced the rustic desert climate, and framed the always changing chameleon-like vistas from within. In addition to this, the materials of the home chosen to quietly contrast with the lighter palette of the desert landscape. Also, the interior is a collage of concrete, wood, stone, and steel, each respond to its immediate application to maximize durability while providing the home with warmth and a soulful nesting quality.

Therefore, the home performs as a simple framing device for the occupant to observe the dynamic surrounding terrain. The structure would be exceedingly quiet and crisp in its geometry. Also, intentionally contrasting the organic forms of the desert and low to the ground to minimize its presence. The main entrance to the home covered by the overhanging roof. Which finished with a light wooden underside, into an all-glass dining area that separates the kitchen from the living room. The large glazed panels can open fully for cross ventilation. Also, at the back of the home, overlooking the site’s steep slope, a swimming pool runs nearly the whole width of the house.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
The diagram of the home is a triptych of elements: a floating roof plane, a collection of wooden volumes, and two concrete anchor walls.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat is the low-slung building serves a family’s holiday home.
The High Desert Retreat’s elevated vantage point provides spectacular views of the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto mountains.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat sits on a rocky patch of desert in Southern California.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
Outdoor areas are utilized thanks to the predictably warm, dry weather.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
Blackened wooden boards form the exterior walls of the enclosed volumes.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
The dark pine planks contrast the pale wood finishes that cover the ceiling, both inside and out.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
The floor to ceiling glass doors to take advantage and enjoy the beautiful nature.
The parallel concrete walls not only frame the entry and the dining room beyond but most importantly the heroic view to the East and the Coachella Valley below.
Blackened wood surrounded the floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
Also, the interior of High Desert Retreat to look warm and soulful.
The interior creates the cozy spaces.
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design
High Desert Retreat Surrounded by Rocks & Trees by Aidlin Darling Design

The High Desert Retreat Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Sited on a rocky desert plateau outside of Palm Desert, this single-family residence is tightly nestled within a constellation of boulders, overlooking the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountain Range beyond. The materials of the home were chosen to quietly contrast the lighter palette of the desert landscape. The blackened wood siding is pine wood that is acetylated, burnt, wire-brushed, stained, and sealed. All of these treatments are intended to provide a highly textured finish that is bug and rot-resistant, and minimizes movement within a climate known for its large diurnal temperature swings.

Photo credit: Adam Rouse| Source: Aidlin Darling Design

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 500 3rd St #410, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
– Tel: +1 415-974-5603

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