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This Palm Springs house provides an oasis in the desert landscape

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This incredible modern desert house was designed by the architectural studio Woods + Dangaran, located in the hills above Palm Springs, California. The architects sited this dwelling to establish a deep connection with its surrounding desert landscape. They also focused on creating this same relationship when it came to devising the floor plan and selecting the finishes.

Surrounded by boulders and spanning a natural arroyo, this 3,800-square-foot structure is lifted above existing site features, yet still retains a powerful connection to the earth. The architecture-emphasizing horizontal lines, natural materials, and visual and physical linkages between indoors and out-celebrates and elevates the tenets of desert modernism.

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Exterior walls of earth-toned plaster and textured concrete masonry units tie the slab-on-grade structure to the site. Deep roof overhangs are wrapped in brass paneling. Strategically-placed floor-to-ceiling glazing frames stunning views of the desert in all directions.

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A glass-enclosed bridge connects two wings of the dwelling and provides a central atrium that can be viewed from practically every room.

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What We Love: This Palm Springs house is beautifully integrated into its desert environment thanks to its material selection and careful siting on the property. An indoor-outdoor connection is established courtesy of expansive walls of glazing, framing the fabulous views while flooding the interiors with natural light. Overall, we are loving the minimal design, focusing the occupants’ attention on the incredible setting that surrounds this dwelling.

Tell Us: What design details in this home do you find most intriguing? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fantastic home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the Palm Springs region: Visionary mid-century modern home piercing the Palm Springs desert and Midcentury dream retreat with a poolside oasis in Palm Springs.

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ACCOLADES: Residential Architecture Award, Honor, AIA Los Angeles (2022); Concrete Masonry Design Awards, Grand Award, MACN/AIA CA (2022); Excellence in New Design, Palm Springs Modern Committee Preservation Awards (2022); Design Award, Honor, AIA California (2022)

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Large sliding glass doors run the length of the great room and provide an uninterrupted transition to an outdoor dining area, deck, pool, spa, fireplace, and lounge.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Fletcher Photography

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