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rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.

rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.

  • Brooks  Scarpa's Rosa Gardens contains 57 units of affordable housing.

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    Brooks Scarpa's Rosa Gardens contains 57 units of affordable housing.

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    John Edward Linden

    Brooks + Scarpa's Rosa Gardens contains 57 units of affordable housing.

  • Rosa Gardens' north elevation.

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    Rosa Gardens' north elevation.

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    Rosa Gardens' north elevation.

  • The first floor plan.

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    The first floor plan.

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    The first floor plan.

  • The second floor plan.

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    The second floor plan.

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    The second floor plan.

  • Rosa Gardens' roof plan.

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    Rosa Gardens' roof plan.

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    Rosa Gardens' roof plan.

  • Limiting parking to the perimeter makes the project more pedestrian-friendly.

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    Limiting parking to the perimeter makes the project more pedestrian-friendly.

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    John Edward Linden

    Limiting parking to the perimeter makes the project more pedestrian-friendly.

  • Deep overhangs provide much-needed relief from the hot Palm Springs, Calif., sun.

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    Deep overhangs provide much-needed relief from the hot Palm Springs, Calif., sun.

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    Deep overhangs provide much-needed relief from the hot Palm Springs, Calif., sun.

  • Big courtyards foster a sense of community within the project.

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    Big courtyards foster a sense of community within the project.

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    Big courtyards foster a sense of community within the project.

  • Cross-ventilation cools both exterior and interior spaces, providing important cost savings for the residents.

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    Cross-ventilation cools both exterior and interior spaces, providing important cost savings for the residents.

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    Cross-ventilation cools both exterior and interior spaces, providing important cost savings for the residents.

  • In addition to supplying outdoor shade, the overhangs serve to cool the units' interiors and (in some cases) to visually balance the exteriors.

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    In addition to supplying outdoor shade, the overhangs serve to cool the units' interiors and (in some cases) to visually balance the exteriors.

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    In addition to supplying outdoor shade, the overhangs serve to cool the units' interiors and (in some cases) to visually balance the exteriors.

  • Colored gravel adds a low-maintenance, desert-friendly touch to the landscaping.

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    Colored gravel adds a low-maintenance, desert-friendly touch to the landscaping.

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    Colored gravel adds a low-maintenance, desert-friendly touch to the landscaping.

  • A model of Rosa Gardens.

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    A model of Rosa Gardens.

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    A model of Rosa Gardens.

  • The project's east elevation.

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    The project's east elevation.

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    The project's east elevation.

rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.
brooks + scarpa
los angeles

The judges appreciated the thoughtful site plan and sustainable character of this Palm Springs, Calif., affordable housing community. “It’s simple and not overdone,” said one juror. “It’s very appropriate for the context.”

Brooks + Scarpa divided the LEED Gold-certified project’s 57 dwellings into groupings of four to 13 units. Parking is relegated to the perimeter, so residents cross shared courtyards to reach their units. “Once you come inside the complex, it’s a little oasis,” says principal Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA. Portions of the courtyards are covered to provide relief from the hot desert sun, and deep overhangs supply additional shading and passive cooling.

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa; project architect: Emily Hodgdon, AIA, Brooks + Scarpa; developer: Brian Peulicke, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, Indio, Calif.; general contractor: Liz McCapes, Brown Construction, West Sacramento, Calif.; landscape architect: Keith VanDerSys, PEG office of landscape + architecture, Philadelphia; civil engineer: Steve Cummins, DCA Civil Engineering Group, Torrance, Calif.; structural engineer: Brian Cochran, Weidlinger Associates, Marina del Rey, Calif.; project size: 699 square feet to 1,538 square feet per unit; site size: 4.5 acres; construction cost: $134 per square foot; rental price: $386 to $858 per month; units in project: 57; photography: John Edward Linden.


product details

bathroom/kitchen cabinets: Armstrong, www.armstrong.com; bathroom/kitchen fittings: Cleveland Faucet Group (Moen), www.cfgonline.com; bathroom fixtures: Falcon, LASCO, www.lascoshowers.org, Vortens, www.vortens.com; cooktop/dishwasher: Kenmore, www.kenmore.com; exterior siding: AEP Span, www.aepspan.com, James Hardie, www.jameshardie.com; flooring: Shaw (carpet), www.shawfloors.com, Daltile (tile), www.daltile.com, Forbo (vinyl), www.forbo.com; garbage disposal/range/refrigerator: Kenmore, www.kenmore.com, InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hvac equipment: Carrier, www.residential.carrier.com; insulation: Johns Manville, www.jm.com; kitchen fixtures: Elkay, www.elkayusa.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; roofing: Georgia-Pacific DensDeck, www.gp.com; skylights: Bristolite, www.bristolite.com; water heater: Eemax, www.eemaxinc.com, Rinnai, www.rinnai.us; windows: Andersen, www.andersenwindows.com