Honorable Mention: High Desert Retreat


Honorable Mention: High Desert Retreat

Aidlin Darling Design

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. The diagram of the home is a triptych of elements: a floating roof plane, a collection of wooden volumes, and two concrete anchor walls. A square, floating roof hovers over the home, providing respite from the sun in its opaque form and as a porous, wooden lattice. A singular aperture is carved out of the roof plane, framing the sky and providing the pool below with ample sun. Seven rectilinear volumes below the roof plane contain the program. Conceptually, they volumes began as a singular mass that splits apart and slides out into the landscape—maximizing the terrain’s effect and creating a central open space that functions as both the entry and dining room. The entry sequence from garage to house is articulated by the orientation and form of two concrete entry walls. They are juxtaposed to create a void between them and guide occupants to the glazed entry. The parallel concrete walls frame the heroic views to the east and the Coachella Valley below.

Key Team Members

Aidlin Darling Design, Architect
Joshua Aidlin – Principal, Architect
Adam Rouse - Project Architect, Architect
Ben Damron - Project Team, Architect
Sarah Kia - Project Team, Architect
Jeff LaBoskey - Project Team, Architect
Client + Aidlin Darling Design, Interiors
D.W. Johnston Construction Inc. – Contractor, Consultants
Strandberg Engineering – Structural Engineer, Consultants
Monterey Energy Group – Mechanical Consultant, Consultants
Sladden Engineering – Geotechnical Engineer, Consultants
Feiro Engineering, Inc – Civil Engineer + Surveyor, Consultants
Custom Controls – Low-Voltage Systems, Consultants