Brisas de Paz, a 62-unit affordable family housing development in Desert Hot Springs, California, broke ground this month—with an expected build-out of 12 months, the project is set to open early Spring 2012.
The site is surrounded by newer single-family homes, so the project’s site design takes great care to hide parking, reduce the perimeter building scale and present porches and front yards along the street.
Residential units are designed to address the severe heat and strong winds of the Coachella Valley, employing broad eaves to shade windows and cross ventilation with high ceilings to encourage air movement. A central lawn provides a safe, highly visible place for play and gathering, and a Commons building provides a large meeting room, lounge, management office, and computer center. A swimming pool area is defined by the Commons and Laundry buildings.