▼位于广阔沙漠景观中的建筑外观，exterior view of the building in the desert environment
The guard house was originally conceptualized as a gateway to this long awaited residential development, located on the elevated hillside overlooking Palm Springs. Upon initial visits to this captivating site, and witnessing the expansive views and natural setting, It was evident that this building should reflect the caliber of the homes intended to be built here, while complimenting the raw and rugged terrain. The materials chosen were selected for their durability, timelessness, and their compliment to the desert environment. The aesthetic was designed to reflect both the nature and thrusting of the hillside slope.
▼建筑在反应即将建造的房屋品质的同时突显这里原始而崎岖地形风貌，this building reflects the caliber of the homes intended to be built here, while complimenting the raw and rugged terrain
We really wanted this boulder to appear that it was very close to the roof but not quite connecting to it physically. Instead we preferred the tension created between the two structures, natural and man-made, and wanted them to speak to the other while still remaining elusive of one another. The exact distance between the two wasn’t as important as the energy between the two.The exaggerated length of the cantilever that gently shades the large boulder was important for reinforcing the tension created between the natural and man-made. The conversation that the 2 elements have with one another could only have been achieved so poetically by taking the largest boulder on site and marrying it to a structure that stretches the limits of engineering to its maximum potential. Our vision that we intend to create throughout this project would be to create this same conversation, connection, and tension between the built and natural environments.
▼自然与人工的对话：巨石移到场地中，人工结构延伸至其最大极限，conversation between natural and man-made: taking the largest boulder on site and marrying it to a structure that stretches the limits of engineering to its maximum potential
▼屋檐下的巨石看起来与屋顶非常接近但实际上没有互相接触，boulder appears very close to the roof but not quite connecting to it physically
Materials used: In order to push the limits of the engineering for this gatehouse, steel and concrete were chosen for their strength and ability to resist an extreme amount of tension and compression. The treatment of these materials, and in an effort to compliment the natural surroundings found throughout the Desert Palisades project, dictated that we present these materials in their truest form. It was paramount that the materials of the outer shell and structure be left to patina naturally, unadorned with any added finish.
▼为了达到建筑的工程极限，建筑师选择了具有足够强度和能够抵抗极端拉伸与压缩力量的钢与混凝土，in order to push the limits of the engineering for this gatehouse, steel and concrete were chosen for their strength and ability to resist an extreme amount of tension and compression
▼外壳和结构材料不加修饰以呈现自然的古铜色，outer shell and structure are left to patina naturally, unadorned with any added finish
The interior materials, in contrast, were intended to communicate a dichotomy between the built and natural elements. These read as a much more polished and refined aesthetic, while still providing a warmth and strong connection to the surrounding landscape.
▼室内材料反映出一种精致的人工美学，interior materials reflect a much more polished and refined aesthetic
▼巨大的落地窗将外部美景引入内部，a large floor-to-roof window invites the landscape into interior space
• a. Height of underside of roof from the entry drive: 13’-8” (top of roof is 14’-10”)
• b. Top of boulder to ceiling: 1’-4
• c. Height of the boulder: 12’-4”
• d. Length of cantilever: 34’
• e. Overall length of beams: 50’
Size: 915 sf