Echo at Rancho Mirage

Echo at Rancho Mirage

Architect
Studio AR&D Architects
Location
Rancho Mirage, California, USA | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Apartments
Lance Gerber Studio
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Custom TubCasa Castillo
Plumbing FixturesBRIZO
LITZE
Facade claddingEco Outdoor®
Calabor
Interior lightingLutron Electronics Co. Inc.
RadioRA 2
WindowsFleetwood Windows & Doors

Product Spec Sheet
Plumbing Fixtures
LITZE by BRIZO
Facade cladding
Calabor by Eco Outdoor®
Interior lighting

Echo at Rancho Mirage

Studio AR&D Architects as Architects

This 5-acre property is located on the north side of Ginger Rogers Road in Rancho Mirage, California. The property consists of 9 residential houses on lots ranging in size from 16k square feet to 22k square feet. Each home is one of 6 different floor plan variations with a size of 3,700 – 4,200 square feet. The project’s open, common space areas include the street/cul-de-sac (Echo Lane), which incorporates multiple open, shared landscaped islands, the landscaped retention basins, and the entry islands.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

The architecture of the buildings was designed with first taking into account the optimal views from each site. West and southern panoramas seemed optimal given the mountainous surroundings. These were capitalized on and framed from the main living and master bedroom spaces in a way that engages and appreciates the distant vista as well as the near.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

It was important for the materials, color, and textures, to create a dialog that furthers the belief that architecture can have a calming, soothing effect on our everyday mood and lives. Materials were selected for their simplicity and honesty and are presented in their raw beauty. To accomplish these goals, the major surfaces and elevations of the structures were designed in a linear, planar fashion, reinforcing simplicity and sense of peacefulness. These walls and surfaces are adorned by only the structural materials themselves, allowed to speak to the earthly quality from which they were derived. Simply toned concrete will be carefully formed in a regimented pattern of wood formwork producing a subtle grain to the surface. Natural stone in a greys and browns are warmed by its own placement technique of a clean refined outline of black steel juxtaposed by the larger, random pattern of the cut stone.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

Texture and juxtaposition of the raw materials are allowed to create a space that warms the mind and spirit. The major materials include concrete, black steel, natural stone, white oak, mudded-over masonry, boulders and natural rock cropping, a simple monotoned landscape palate, and raw-integral color stucco, (white, grey, smooth and heavy textured).

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

The overall appearance desired is simple and monotone, clean and unadorned, organic yet refined. presented in its raw form. Presenting both material and form in their simplest most basic of form, refined by the intentional structuring of each plane, gives this style of architecture a different and unique look and appearance that sets this style apart from what we see here in the desert homes. We think that the basic and raw look of this development is what “Echo” is striving to be identified with. To us the word “Echo” means something that relates to something previous in a more contemporary architectural style. Echo: “Reminiscent of an idea, feeling or style.” Our goal is to present a raw and simple, zen-like approach to the architecture and landscape.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

It’s a raw beauty that allows the people, landscape, and the furnishings to be the décor within the built environment. It’s a type of architecture that allows itself to be strong and confident enough to allow the well-placed tree specimen to be the finishing touch. Or the exposed aggregate driveway to give it the peaceful elegance to the landscape that provides the dweller the calm sense of restfulness when knowing that they’ve arrived at home.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

Landscape
The landscape palette selected for the entry was carefully planned to strategically imbibe the calming, soothing, effect of the architecture for the residences within the community beyond. A palette of drought tolerant plant materials that combine color and textures of a more monotone and subtle nature was selected.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

Rather than an overall mass coverage of plant materials along the frontage of the property, we opted instead for very well placed, well layered groupings of healthy specimens of larger sized materials of like-colored monotoned plant specimens for a cleaner, more zen-like approach. It was important to us that the front approach introduce the observer, resident, or guest in a way that is congruent with the interior of the community as well as what is exterior.

photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio
photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio
photo_credit Lance Gerber Studio
Lance Gerber Studio

Material Used:
Facade cladding: Natural Stone, Calabor Free Form Walling, EcoOutdoor USA
Flooring: Polished Concrete, Gauston Concrete
Doors: Rift White Oak, Solid Door, MDoors
Windows: Bronze Anodized Aluminum, Fleetwood
Interior lighting: Lutron Radio Ra System
Custom Tub: Travertine, Casa Castillo
Plumbing Fixtures: Brass, Litze Line, Brizo

Read story in DeutschItalianoPortuguêsEspañol and Français

Project Credits
Products used in this project
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Estudio MMX interweaves open spaces throughout porous pigmented concrete villa
19 May 2022 News
Estudio MMX interweaves open spaces throughout porous pigmented concrete villa

A sequence of open spaces with a gradual degree of intimacy allow residents to move gently from the... More

Baumschlager Eberle Architekten’s Montagne du Parc demonstrates how concepts of sustainability can be implemented at an early stage of architectural completion
19 May 2022 News
Baumschlager Eberle Architekten’s Montagne du Parc demonstrates how concepts of sustainability can be implemented at an early stage of architectural completion

The largest project completed by Baumschlager Eberle Architekten in Europe to date, the new Montagne... More

Find products by looking at inspirational projects
18 May 2022 Inside Archello
Find products by looking at inspirational projects

Archello’s new Inspiration guide is the world’s first and largest reference guide with a... More

Experimental Co-Housing Denver project by Productora provides a compelling model for centrally located, low-cost housing
17 May 2022 News
Experimental Co-Housing Denver project by Productora provides a compelling model for centrally located, low-cost housing

Only a few miles from the downtown area of Denver, this experimental co-housing project by Productor... More

Baumschlager Eberle Architecten create an architectural statement for a natural setting in Alpe Furx
17 May 2022 News
Baumschlager Eberle Architecten create an architectural statement for a natural setting in Alpe Furx

On a sloping site in the Austrian ski resort of Alpe Furx, this holiday and leisure development by B... More

Under the Willow Tree provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting
14 May 2022 News
Under the Willow Tree provides residents an ecologically-minded house in a beautiful green setting

In the middle of the countryside at the highest point of the village of Ninove, Belgium, an existing... More

Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory reinterprets an existing industrial building in Milan
14 May 2022 News
Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory reinterprets an existing industrial building in Milan

In Milan, Park Associati’s Luxottica Digital Factory project reinterprets an existing industri... More

Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture
14 May 2022 News
Luconi architetti mix modern elements with traditional Alpine architecture

Located in the Alpine region of Madesimo, Italy, Baita MV by Luconi architetti comprises an extensio... More