Desert Modernism Reflected in Architect Reuel Young’s Design of Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert formally opened to the public March 15, bringing not only a new level of art and culture to the mid- and east valley, but ties architecturally with Palm Springs’ Mid Century Modern roots. The 8,400 square foot building located at Entrada del Paseo, corner of Highway 111 and El Paseo, was formerly the city visitor’s center, designed by acclaimed desert architect Reuel Young. Built in 2005, Young captures the motifs inherent in Desert Modernism such as its Albert Frey-like sharp winged roof shading an upper terrace and entrance below. From its essentially a circular shape are angled walls that fan out with floor to ceiling glass that offer full views of the outdoors. The building is carefully situated on the site with reference to the sun’s seasonal positions.  Windows and doorway are shaded by metal overhangs or, depending on the time of day […]

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