Boulders and pines surround High Desert Retreat by Aidlin Darling Design

Judith Zeng

San Francisco organization Aidlin Darling Style has completed a reduced-slung house in California’s Palm Desert that is supposed to distinction the boulders and trees discovered in its distant placing.


The a few-bedroom family members house is found on a rocky plateau in the arid landscape, with sights of the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountain Range.

This elevated vantage led to the identify Large Desert Retreat for the project, which earned a 2021 AIA Style Award in the interiors group.

High Desert Retreat house by Aidlin Darling Design
Substantial Desert Retreat sits on a rocky patch of desert in Southern California

Component of Aidlin Darling Structure‘s transient was to secure the current Pinyon trees that ended up found on internet site. This species of pine is native to the Southwestern United States, and can have a lifespan of up to 600 many years.

“The composition would be exceedingly peaceful and crisp in its geometry, deliberately contrasting the organic and natural types of the desert, and extremely small to the ground to lower its existence,” stated the studio.

A pool on the edge of High Desert Retreat house
The reduced-slung developing serves a family’s vacation house

For the reason that of the area’s dry weather and predictable temperature, the house is made up of a series of separate wood volumes clustered underneath a big, overhanging roof.

In addition to the coated exterior areas, the dwelling also has concrete partitions that sort courtyards around the Pinyon trees.

The home’s elevated vantage point delivers views of the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto mountains

“Although the wooden volumes property the significant software for the dwelling, the entry sequence from garage to dwelling is articulated by the orientation and kind of two concrete entry partitions,” said Aidlin Darling Design and style.

“The parallel concrete partitions not only body the entry and the dining area beyond but most importantly the heroic watch to the east and the Coachella Valley down below.”

Wooden volumes hang over a pool and kitchen
Outside spots are utilised many thanks to the predictably heat, dry weather conditions

The principal entrance to the residence is protected by the overhanging roof, which is finished with a light wood underside, into an all-glass dining location that separates the kitchen area from the living room. The massive glazed panels can open up fully for cross-air flow.

The architects describe this intermediate area as a “area to crack bread, and seize equally dawn and sunset as very well as breezes soaring up the hillside and by the household”.

Blackened wood boards sort the exterior walls of the enclosed volumes. The darkish pine planks contrast the pale wood finishes that go over the ceiling, the two inside of and out.

“The materials of the household were chosen to quietly contrast with the lighter palette of the desert landscape,” the studio said. “The inside is a collage of concrete, wooden, stone, and metal, each responding to its fast application to maximise sturdiness though offering the home with warmth and a soulful nesting quality.”

A studt next to window overlooking sunny mountains
The architects desired the interior to glimpse heat and soulful

At the back of the household, overlooking the site’s steep slope, a swimming pool operates virtually the total width of the home.

Comprehensive-top glass panels at both close of the kitchen area and living rooms also slide open to deliver entry to the pool.

High Desert Retreat house by Aidlin Darling Design
Blackened wooden surrounded the ground-to-ceiling glass panels

Close by Palm Springs is famed as the epicentre of California desert living. Every calendar year, the town hosts Palm Springs Modernism 7 days to encourage its midcentury heritage and its preservation.

Other houses in the spot contain a dwelling by Albert Frey, which was restored by its owner to match Frey’s first structure from the 1950s, and a house by Turkel Design’s founders that echoes the area’s preferred midcentury design and style.

The visuals are courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design and style.

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