AN is headed out to California for the third year running for one of our favorite architecture events: Palm Springs Modernism Week (February 16-26). Palm Springs–and its surrounding towns, spas and arid California landscape–is home to what the organizers call “desert modernism.” The city is an extraordinary gridded landscape of modern car-ported flat-roofed houses and dozens of iconic homes, shops, and landscapes. The 11-day celebration focuses every year on an outstanding example of residential modern architecture, and this year it will highlight Sunnylands, the A. Quincy Jones-designed mansion (interior by William Haines) for the Annenbergs in nearby Rancho Mirage. The estate is surrounded by an art garden, labyrinth, private nine-hole golf course (currently being restored), and a new visitors center designed by Frederick Fisher. Other highlights of this year’s celebration are tours of modern banks, an architecture film series, and visits to the Albert Frey and Raymond Loewy houses. Since this is southern California there will also be an exhibit of Loewy-designed Avantis from the 1960s and a new Airstream trailer designed by architect Christopher Deam.
We will report back next week about these and other Modernism week highlights, as well as the new Sagauro Hotel (designed by New York architects Stamberg Aferiat) where we are hanging our hat for the week.