With the completion of Brisas de Paz – a 62-unit workforce housing project in Desert Hot Springs for the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition – Studio E proudly announces its third affordable development completed in the last six months. Brisas de Paz joins the recently-opened Archer Studios in San Jose and Riverwalk in San Diego to complete our 2011-2012 affordable housing hat-trick – for a sum total of 154 units of housing delivered in that span.
Brisas de Paz, whose name means “winds of peace”, is located at the north end of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs. The development features 62-units that have been designed to serve the needs of large families – a population that has been historically under-served by apartment developers. Extra storage spaces, room-sized balconies, and bedroom plans that anticipate bunk beds are among the nods to this demographic, who have applied for the residences in droves – the community is already 100% leased and has a long waiting list.
The buildings are arranged on the site to create a central “green” that hosts a BBQ area and two tot lots. The project also boasts a swimming pool, a recreation/meeting room, on-site laundry facilities, and a resident computer lounge.
The color palette was inspired by the nearby mountains, with accents taken from the vibrant high-desert landscape.
A unique staggered-section in the framing provides each home with a lofty 12-foot ceiling in the living/dining/kitchen area – a real surprise in an apartment that makes the units feel more spacious. The idea behind this move was to stratify the heat, providing volume within which hot air can rise, to help keep the units naturally cool – an important feature in a town that regularly experiences 100+ degree daytime temperatures during the summer months. The extreme exposure to sun and heat also meant paying careful attention to the shading and placement of openings.
Brisas de Paz is Studio E’s fourth tax-credit financed affordable housing project in the Coachella Valley. We are presently working on our fifth – the Washington Street Senior Apartments in the City of La Quinta, just a short drive down the 111 Highway at the southern end of the valley. Construction is slated to begin in early 2013.
Stay tuned for more updates!