Location: Palm Springs, California
Photography: David Blank
Todd Verwers Architects was founded in 2009 and provides architectural consulting services. The firm is based in California and provides architectural and interior design services to a diverse group of European and American clients. Services provided by TVA include Architecture, Interior design, Owner representation, Development feasibility studies, Construction Management, Energy analyses, and Subconsulting.
TVA is the successor firm to Petersen+Verwers Architecture in San Francisco, which was founded in 1996 by the husband and wife team of architect Todd Verwers and textile designer Mette Krebs Petersen. Under the direction of Todd Blake Verwers, the architectural and interior design work of this firm was widely published, and his designs for Elevation Salon + Café, Folsom Street Residential Laboratory, and the Petersen/Verwers Residence are particularly noteworthy. The firm also garnered several design awards, including an Honor Award from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
The Ocotillo Lodge in Palm Springs is an iconic example of midcentury desert architecture. A complex of predominantly one-story condominiums situated around a clubhouse and pool, the project was designed by architect William Krisel and opened originally as a hotel in 1957.
The small 520SF, one-bedroom unit had been partitioned and altered significantly, undermining the original intent of the design as an open space with an expansive glass wall toward a narrow patio, with panoramic views of surrounding mountains and palm tree crowns. I wished to restore this unit back to Krisel’s vision while adding a level of functionality, aesthetic refinement, and detail.
The interior is perceived as a simple, calming shelter or receptor, from which to enjoy views of the mountains and palms. The patio is essentially an extension of the interior space and serves as a flexible area for outdoor dining.
In addition to removing a partition between the sleeping and living areas to restore uninterrupted space and diagonal views through the glass wall across all structural bays, the small original kitchen was replaced and reconfigured to enhance efficiency and to allow for modern appliances.
Wood panels matching the kitchen cabinet doors were applied to the dining wall, to integrate this corner of the space, and to allow for aesthetic integration of an existing door to the bathroom. HVAC grilles were custom fabricated for integration into the panel module. The bathroom was also thoroughly renovated with new components, and an existing lensed skylight was opened up as a lightwell.