High Desert Retreat – Honor Award

Sited on a rocky desert plateau outside of Palm Desert, this home is tightly nestled within a constellation of boulders overlooking the Coachella Valley and the San Jacinto Mountain Range. The residence performs as a simple framing device for the occupant to observe the dynamic surrounding terrain. The home’s diagram is a triptych of elements: a floating roof plane, a collection of wooden volumes, and two concrete anchor walls.

“An impressive zero net energy residential project with broad overhangs in dialogue with the vastness of the high desert; a well executed design and a stunning home. Noteworthy performance criteria include:

  • Water reuse system
  • Energy savings
  • Consideration of well-being
  • Construction material use.”

– 2022 Design Awards Jury

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