Palm Desert Retail Center Architect

Retail Center Architect | Caruso Town Center

Retail Center Architect | Rick Caruso’s charge to BTA Design Principal Brent Thompson was simple. “Look at our hugely successful projects in Thousand Oaks and repeat our success in Palm Desert.” The execution of that charge less simple. Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles, is pleasantly temperate area with a proximity to the Pacific Ocean that modulates its weather. Palm Desert, on the other hand, consistently is baked to extreme temperatures in the summer, and can also get quite hot in the spring and fall.

The design process was initiated with a bench marking tour of each of Caruso’s previous projects in order to understand their strengths and success. We wanted to understand those qualities that separate them from other projects. We learned that the planning is simple, straightforward and typical for this sort of everyday use community retail center. What sets Caruso’s work apart is its attention to guests. Every place where the public will set foot is given careful attention. There is a richness of texture and color, an appeal to all five senses. The architecture, likewise, is also layered and textured. The large building masses are broken into smaller pieces, so that each shop seems to be a building of its own. Fountains, art, landscaping and background music add further depth.

Much of this was easily transferable to our design. What wasn’t analogous was weather protection – how to create shade without both burying the shops and loosing the individuality that the Thousand Oaks shops enjoy. A typical solution is to add an arcade, but that both creates a single building mass and hides storefronts. The solution we adopted takes its clues from Caruso’s earlier work. We mixed a variety of shade devices – arcades, awnings, trellises – to provide sun protection and variety without obscuring storefronts.

We solved the challenges of this project using our standard process – identify the unique needs, research successful solutions and apply them. This is what we do.

Retail Architect | Expert design studio creating places people love.

LOCATION: Palm Desert
SIZE: 200,000 SF

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Palm Desert Retail Center

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