“Sunnylands is a true oasis in the middle of the desert containing a nine-hole golf course and three cottages”
lakes that dot the site. The delicate colours might be explained by the heavy involvement throughout the design process of both Leonore and Haines; however, the structure is typical of mid-century modern architecture with streamlined linear forms and innovative construction techniques.
Sunnylands is a true oasis in the middle of the desert, with the 80ha site containing the house and guest wing, grounds, nine-hole golf course and three self-contained cottages. In response to the increasing focus on sustainability and the fact that the property is largely sustained by the Coachella Valley aquifer, Sunnylands has put in place a plan to improve what might otherwise be considered a decadent folly. This includes a one- third reduction in the amount of turf on site, it being replaced by native low-water-use grasses and the draining and relining of all lakes to prevent water loss through absorption.
Back in Palm Springs, a house that is perhaps the antithesis of Sunnylands is Frey House II, designed in 1963 by Albert Frey for himself. The house is one of the highest in Palm Springs, perched on the side of San Jacinto mountain and with views that stretch over Palm Springs and the valley beyond. It is also possibly one of the smallest, being a single open-plan living and sleeping area, with kitchen, bathroom and office to the rear. The house comprises a series of split levels under a single roof form and is literally built into the hillside, with a large