It is one-story vacation home located in La Quinta, California, United States. This residential project is 6,500-square-foot in size, overlooks a golf course with the San Jacinto mountain range. LA QUINTA is an awesome project designed by Marmol Radziner Architecture with a light-colored material palette and ample access to outdoor living areas.
The challenge of this project is not about integrating a home into the desert landscape but integrating a desert landscape into the home. The client is an Aspen-based couple that asks the architect to create a residence in a new private development in La Quinta. They want this home with the large main spaces and also to have their zone of living still feel compact. They also request some walls for large-scale artworks and a strong connection between exterior and interior.
The design of this house is anchored by the structure with a guest room, a large master suite, and also entertaining spaces. A continuous flow from the kitchen into the dining and living areas with sliding glass doors. These doors open to the terrace directly and offer stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains while the guesthouse features two additional bedrooms. The house connection is supported by striking landscaped courtyard spaces.
The architecture of this house has a lot of the firm’s signatures such as overlapping planes that create visual dynamism, asymmetrical ceiling heights, generous overhangs for shading, abundant glass exposures, and striking rectilinear forms. It is also a house with a softer and subtle side with its cool, modernist bravado.
The interior of this house is neutral with earth tones and a warm atmosphere. It is a modern house without anything cold inside. The mix of contemporary and vintage pieces match with the owners’ taste for “a little luxe,” while lining entire walls with creamy leather behind the platform beds and deploying “really yummy silk rugs”.
Some materials are chosen to channeling the faded, dusty hues of the desert. These materials are travertine in the baths, concrete countertops in the kitchen, bleached-walnut millwork, teak ceilings, and limestone floors. The plaster color of the building is gray, slightly greenish tone. This color blends well with the surrounding landscape.
LA QUINTA Gallery
Photographer: Roger Davies