When Modernism Week takes over Palm Springs in February, Western Window Systems will be there.
The annual celebration of midcentury architecture and design, as well as the contemporary spin placed on those concepts, includes two homes northwest of Palm Springs in Chino Canyon outfitted with Western Window Systems’ disappearing glass walls and windows.
“Since 2006, Modernism Week has been celebrating contemporary thinking in architecture and design,” says Andrew Darr, Western Window Systems’ vice president of custom sales. “This year’s Chino Canyon homes build on that legacy, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”
One of the homes constructed in the rugged, boulder-strewn hillside of Chino Canyon is based on a previously unused design by famed midcentury Phoenix architect Al Beadle. The plans for the two-story home were discovered in Beadle’s Phoenix estate. The first story of the home minimizes the footprint on the natural landscape while the second story seeming hovers overs the desert, offering unrivaled views thanks to Western Window Systems’ floor-to-ceiling window walls.
The other home, designed by Palm Springs architect Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture, also makes the most of its natural setting, with Western Window Systems’ multi-slide doors seamlessly merging the indoors and the outside, allowing copious amounts of California sunshine to bathe the home in the natural light and letting desert breezes course throughout the open-concept floor plan.
The homes will debut to the public during Modernism Week, which runs from February 16 through 26. The celebration features more than 250 events, including the Modernism Show & Sale, films, lectures, parties, and, of course, bus, biking, and walking tours of the countless midcentury modern architectural treasures that dot the Palm Springs-area landscape.
For tour tickets to see the Chino Canyon homes and more information about the festival, visit modernismweek.com.