August 5th, 2009
ZDS Architects is proud to announce our collaboration with Atelier, PS, Landscape Architects, on the Andreas Hills Development, a modern, eco-friendly home in Palm Springs, CA. Though this is a continuous work in progress, check out the current Landscape Plan and Plant Palette for this desert home. Click here for a larger Landscape Plan.
Upon approaching the home, you pass along a series of offset garden walls. You enter through an Entry Gate while focusing on a Whiteleaf Manzanita. You are then drawn around a seat wall to the Main Entry Door, or can walk along a high garden wall directly to the Pool Terrace and raised Casita. This Plan also features a private ‘Morning Terrace’ off the Kitchen and ‘Wash’, or dry river bed, that serves as an infiltration swale capturing runoff from the roof planes. Though it doesn’t rain often in Palm Springs, CA, when it rains it pours and flash floods can be real problem. Directing rainfall from all roof planes to the ‘Wash’ greatly minimizes the impact of such an occurrence.
We will be consulting with Belt Collins on the Civil Engineering of this site, in coordination with our current Landscape efforts. Our collective goal is to design a cost-effective, low maintenance, durable and low-impact site that ties in seamlessly with the Architecture.
For more information about the home itself, click here.