HOUSE OF THE WEEK: Frey House II by Albert Frey in Palm Springs






Surely one of the most elegant and simple homes in California, this corrugated house was designed by Albert Frey (1903-1998) as his long-term residence in Palm Springs. Built into the hillside at the west end of Tahquitz Canyon Way and overlooking the Coachella Valley, Frey House II, the architect’s second home in Palm Springs, was completed in 1964 and was at the time the highest home in the city. The house was designed following a very careful survey of the site and later Frey fitted the glass to the rock, with the slope of the roof following that of the terrain. Appreciative of the surrounding nature, Frey desired to have as light impact on it as possible. Measuring only 800 square feet, the house has a steel frame, but its details respect the surrounding nature such as its expansive views, its yellow curtains inspired by the Encilla flowers that bloom each spring and the sky blue ceilings. The house’s most extraordinary feature, however is the boulder which separates the bedroom and living space.

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