Original architect William Krisel designed the block home in 1963 for a builder friend, creating a U-shaped plan that wraps around a backyard lawn and pool, allowing all rooms to have access to the outdoors and views of the landscape.
Studio AR&D Architects
Studio AR&D Architects is an innovative Architecture + Design + Construction firm working nationally as one office from two locations: Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. Our firm was founded on the belief that architecture has the capacity to help shape one’s experience in and of this world. Our projects, big or small, public or private, high-end or low-income, all engage the public in a meaningful, poetic way and leave a lasting impression.
Our body of work is diverse. Projects range from furniture and single room interiors to hand-crafted masonry structures; from medical centers to custom homes in the cities and deserts of California; from small-scale gallery installations to ski chalets in Canada; to our affordable housing projects for migrant workers in the California Desert.
Our work is as multiple and varied as life itself. We are committed to expanding, pushing, rethinking, retooling and rebooting; whatever it takes to continue to create relevant, well-crafted, meaningful experiences.
The Little Tuscany retreat is centered on the idea of bringing family together. The young family of five emphasized their desire to create a home that was meant to be enjoyed by extended family and friends now, and for generations to come.
The guard house was originally conceptualized as a gateway to this long awaited residential development, located on the elevated hillside overlooking Palm Springs. Upon initial visits to this captivating site, and witnessing the expansive views and natural setting