Originally built in the 1960s, the challenge for this project was how to update a mid-century modern house without sacrificing its charm. Situated on a 1.3-acre site perched on a plateau above Coachella Valley, the rugged, inhospitable Santa Rosa Mountains rise immediately from the back yard; bighorn sheep can often be seen wandering on the rocks above. The 6,357-square-foot house sits roughly in the middle of the property; entry is off the driveway and through a private courtyard.
The client's goals were to create an open and light filled home that maximized views of the Coachella Valley below and the Santa Rosa mountains to the south and west. They also wanted to create a fluid connection between the primary indoor rooms and the outdoor terraces both for entertaining and for casual outdoor living with their young children.
建筑师Stuart Silk说："这栋单层平顶住宅的水平性对场地做出了优雅的回应，并与周围的圣罗莎山脉的戏剧性形成了对比。通过进一步将房屋与沙漠环境结合起来，该房屋尽可能地利用了光线和景观，捕捉到了一种特殊的场所感。其建筑丰富的材料和纹理的色调消除了任何紧缩的感觉，唤醒了人们的感官，提供了一个美妙的生活体验。"Stuart Silk Architects建筑事务所的建筑师David Marchetti也指出："我们的概念是通过保持材料的明亮和清爽来对比岩石地形，同时也通过保持温暖和人类的尺度来烘托沙漠的色调。
“The horizontality of this one-story, flat roof home provides an elegant response to the site and a counterpoint to the drama of the surrounded Santa Rosa mountains,” notes architect Stuart Silk. By further integrating the house with its desert context, this home has captured a sense of place by making the best possible use of light and landscape. Its rich palette of materials and textures banishes any feeling of austerity and awakens the senses to provide a wonderful living experience. “The concept was to contrast the rocky terrain by keeping the materials bright and crisp while also complimenting the desert palette by maintaining warmth and human scale,” notes architect David Marchetti of Stuart Silk Architects.
The original design was closed-in and compartmentalized, and though the house was remodeled in the 1980s, it suffered from deferred maintenance. This new remodel eventually encompassed 90% of the existing house, including reconfiguring the entire floor plan and the exterior elevations. Portions of the existing foundation and roof structure were repurposed. New brick walls, delicate cruciform-shaped columns, and steel trellises were introduced, as well as large roof overhangs to limit exposure to the harsh sun. “Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass provide intimate views of the dramatic desert surroundings. The glass extends each room, blurring the line between interior and exterior—the experience is one of living in nature,” notes Silk.
Among the most significant changes was opening the living room and kitchen to two, open-air terraces, and adding a generous pantry and combined mud/laundry room. Several bedrooms were also added to accommodate the growing family (for a total of five bedrooms). The master bedroom was re-envisioned to open out to a private garden featuring a statue of St. Francis. The master bathroom has its own private outdoor shower that is accessible from the main shower. The swimming pool, previously located in the courtyard, has been relocated and paired with a spa in the spacious rear yard at the base of the rising mountains.
Inside, the design departs from the typical monochromatic color schemes of many mid-century homes by introducing unique design elements, rich textures, and bold colors. These elements include the custom designed decorative metal screens at the front gate and entry hall, the custom-designed cruciform-shaped columns, the white terrazzo floor, a bright yellow wall of tile in the kitchen, and the custom-designed aqua blue front door. The bedroom wing is accessed via a corridor lined with white brick, which functions as a gallery for the client’s art collection. The opposite glass wall allows the art to be seen prominently from the adjoining courtyard. Other surprising ideas are evident in the treatment of the kitchen backsplash and bathroom showers. Furnishings reinforce this feeling of delight and complement the architecture. The floor is white terrazzo with amber accents to pick up the warmth of the earth tones found in the landscape.
▼场地平面图 Site Plan
Project: Thunderbird Heights Residence
Design Firm: Stuart Silk Architects
Team: Stuart Silk, David Marchetti, Brittney Wilson-Davis
Interior Design: Maison Inc.
Structural Engineering: Ra Structural Engineer
Landscape Architecture: Anne Attinger
Contractor: West Coast Builders
Location: Rancho Mirage, California
Exterior facade: brick, stucco, painted steel, and glass
Exterior walkways: poured concrete
Roof: TPO membrane
Interior walls: gypsum board and exposed brick
Entry gates and decorative metal (Jaeger Metal Fab & Concept)
Windows and doors (Arcadia)
Floors: terrazzo with custom mix (Architectural Concrete Innovations)
Master bedroom: settee (by Global Views; fabric by Schumacher); chair (ABC Carpet & Home)
Powder room: tile (Heath Ceramics); lighting (vintage Italian glass teardrop pendants); vanity (custom)
Master bath: vanity (custom-designed, stained rift cut white oak cabinetry, terrazzo with custom mix on floors; sink (Kohler); countertop (Pental Surfaces, quartz); shower tile (Bisazza glass mosaic tile); terrazzo with custom mix floor (Architectural Concrete Innovations)
Kitchen: cabinets (custom-designed, stained rift cut white oak; fabricated by Adonai Concepts & Design); countertop (Pental Surfaces, quartz); tile (Popham Design); table (custom); chairs (Design within Reach); stools (Lawson-Fenning); chandelier (vintage Murano)
Living room: coffee table (1stdibs); armchairs (Jan Showers); rug (custom, Kush Rugs); teak side table (Look Modern)
Den (white sofa and chair, Jonathan Adler); coffee table (vintage, 1stdibs); carpet (Stark Carpet); leather chair (Dwell Studio)
Spa (Team Pool Construction)
Terrace furnishings (Janus et Cie)
Photography: David Papazian