Location: Palm Springs
Program: Modern and green custom home in suburban neighborhood
Area: 4589sf + 561sf garage
Palm Springs House
Currently in the design stage, this 4500sf custom home in Palm Springs for a technology executive sits on a quiet cul de sac south of downtown. It includes 3 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a large living/dining room, media room, kitchen, office and garage.The eastward oriented front of the house is relatively closed for privacy, while the western rear facade opens up to mountain views through a 27′ sliding glass door. The plan unfolds around a large open living area that creates an axis through the house with bedrooms flanking it to the north, and kitchen, media room and garage to the south.
While being site specific, the home’s dramatic roof form takes cues from Palm Springs’ “Desert Modernism” architectural tradition. It’s simple butterfly form and folded shapes and large overhangs protect the the interior from harsh sun and express the spirit and optimism of this community in the desert.
The house is planned to be “net-zero,” generating as much power as it consumes. to minimize energy consumption. the walls and roofs are highly insulated while large overhangs and vertical fins protect the south, west and east facing openings. Also, a 15 kwh solar array will fit discretely on the south facing roof slope. DNM Architecture performs energy use simulations and compliance calculations in-house during the design process to insure immediate feedback and better decisions for both architectural design and energy savings.