BOOM, a master-planned community situated in the deserts of Palm Springs, southern California, is the newest project of aging x architecture maven Matthias Hollwich, proprietor of Architizer. Originally conceived as a multi-generational project for the aging gay community, the 100+ acre site will encompass eight neighborhoods, each designed by a different architect, an entertainment complex (LOT-EK), boutique hotels (Sadar + Vuga and Joel Sanders Arhictect), and wellness center (HOLLWICH KUSHNER). The landscape design will be overseen by Surfacedesign of San Francisco. The design-challenge of this pedestrian-oriented community really focuses on a way to package social experiences to residents while also allowing for privacy within residential units.
There is the “club house” designed by Juergen Mayer H as a meeting place for community and cultural activities as well as his two-story gym + spa which will include a health focused cafe. Close by is a children’s playground with a ‘Healing Fun House’, the brainchild of the avant-garde architects, Arakawa + Gins. This building is meant to challenge the minds and intellects of all ages. At the entrance of BOOM is Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s commercial and entertainment complex. It houses a rooftop disco bar, restaurants, nightclubs and boutique shops. On the other side of the interconnected community is the sports center which contains tennis, basketball and bocce ball courts.