rosa gardens, palm springs, calif.

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

Rosa Gardens' north elevation.

The first floor plan.

The second floor plan.

Rosa Gardens' roof plan.

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


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

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.

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.

A model of Rosa Gardens.

The project's east elevation.

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