Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, California, USA120,000 sfCompletion 2005
The orientation of the original 1985 convention center belied the natural order of the site and its connection to the city. We reversed this flow, repurposing the existing structure in a new building with the entrance placed city-side, reconnecting the facility with its community.
We found inspiration in the project’s desert environment and the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains to shape an undulating roof plane that appears to float above its native stone supports. Expanses of glazing allow the interior to be infused with the mountainous desert setting. Soaring pylons define a wide, occupiable colonnade along the building’s main façade, capturing the rhythm of the mountains while recalling the eroding edges of their peaks. A sinuous, woven copper strip tops the colonnade, reflecting and glowing with the warm desert hues. The use of native materials, generous glass walls, and open floor plans carry forward Palm Springs’ long history of modernism, devotion to openness and inclusion of outdoor living spaces.