Year: 2015



Responding to an extensive site analysis, and comments on the previous design of the hotel, we have reconfigured the design of the 750 Lofts Hotel. The re-design of the 750 Lofts Hotel represents a building which responds to the site, is open and transparent, and ultimately respects the great modernist tradition of Palm Springs.

Taking advantage of a duplex layout for all the suites, the height of the building has been lowered by 2'-0". Although the roof height is maintained from the original design, its reconfiguration away from the street prevents this height from being seen from passersby. Furthermore, the reduction in height is enhanced by the setbacks from Indian Canyon Drive, which are also maintained from the original design.

Two voids, each 16'-0" in width, create an open and transparent massing, allowing view corridors from Indian Canyon Drive through the openings to the mountains beyond to the West. While the voids maintain some of the views to the mountains, they also have the effect of breaking down the building into three separate volumes. Rather than reading as one monolithic volume, the voids create the effect of three smaller buildings on the site, achieving a scale more fitting to the neighborhood. The effect of this operation is a building which is transparent, and more relatable to the human scale.

We have taken great pains to preserve and respect the Mid-Century Modernist tradition of Palm Springs. In keeping with this tradition, our project expresses the raw beauty of cast-in-place concrete. The finished concrete of the exterior pays homage to iconic modernist buildings such as John Lautner's Elrod house, or modernist sculptors such as Donald Judd, whose work was exhibited at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The motif of repetitive volumes and frames in this new design is also inspired by the work of Modernist architects like Donald Wexler's repetitive steel roof structures, and the Coachella Valley Savings and Loan by E. Stewart Williams.

Overall, the 750 Lofts Hotel represents a building which responds to the site, is lower to respect the views, is open and transparent, and ultimately pays homage to the modernist tradition of Palm Springs. The reduced height maintains the views from the surrounding neighborhoods, while the voids cutting through the building preserve the view corridors while breaking down the fa├žade to a scale more appropriate for the neighborhood. Finally, the use of finished concrete and repetitive volumes alludes to the modernist aesthetic of Palm Springs, creating a cohesive project which successfully reinforces the Palm Springs urban fabric.

PALM SPRINGS HOTEL | Michel Abboud | SOMA architects