Rosa Gardens

Palm Springs, CA United States

Brooks + Scarpa


Project Description

2012 RADA

Affordable Housing / Merit

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.


Project Details

Rosa Gardens
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    Lawrence Scarpa, Principal In Charge; Emily Hodgdon, Project Architect;
  • General Contractor: Liz McCapes 
  • Landscape Architect: Keith VanDerSys 
  • Civil Engineer: Steve Cummins 
  • Structural Engineer: Brian Cochran 
  • Developer: Brian Peulicke 
  • Photography: John Edward Linden 
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Specified Products

Bathroom/Kitchen Cabinets: Armstrong,; Bathroom/Kitchen fittings: Cleveland Faucet Group (Moen),; Bathroom Fixtures: Falcon, LASCO,, Vortens,; Cooktop/Dishwasher: Kenmore,; Exterior Siding: AEP Span,, James Hardie,; Flooring: Shaw (carpet),, Daltile (tile),, Forbo (vinyl),; Garbage Disposal/Range/Refrigerator: Kenmore,, InSinkErator,; HVAC Equipment: Carrier,; Insulation: Johns Manville,; Kitchen Fixtures: Elkay,; Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: Sherwin-Williams,; Roofing: Georgia-Pacific DensDeck,; Skylights: Bristolite,; Water Heater: Eemax,, Rinnai,; Windows: Andersen,



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