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March 14, 2016

A Private Sanctuary in the Heart of the Desert

Mathilda Bialk

Dusting off these sketches from a few years back and rolling up our sleeves on Washington Street Apartments!  Washington Street Apartments is a low-income senior housing community in La Quinta, California.  The project consists of both existing building renovation and new construction to create a sustainable community for seniors in the heart of the desert.

The existing buildings’ modest, mid-century style will be preserved and enhanced with the addition of sustainable measures that include: natural cross-ventilation and day lighting through a system of thermal chimneys and strategically-placed window openings; photovoltaic systems; and a variety of simple shade-creating devices to provide shelter from the desert sun. The site has been re-imagined to reinforce social connections and chance meetings which are essential to healthy senior life.


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