Aaron Locke

Palm Desert, California, is renowned for its location as a retirement destination. The 164-unit Revel Palm Desert community, from developer The Wolff Co. and architect AO, delivers a fresh perspective to the market by curating a living experience focused on choice, personal freedom, curiosity, and fun for residents seeking an active, independent-living environment.

The community is designed to allow residents to feel connected. It includes 143 apartment homes available in single-story studio, one-, and two-bedroom spacious floor plans as well as 20 cottages, each a two-bedroom floor plan inclusive of their own private garages. These modern living spaces feature oversized windows, full gourmet kitchens, washers and dryers, custom walk-in closets and private patios. Each resident’s monthly agreement includes dining points, transportation, utilities, housekeeping, and optional laundry services.

Revel Palm Desert provides ample outdoor amenities, including an expansive pool, a pickleball court, a game lawn, and a dog park. The community also offers an in-house spa and salon; an art studio for creative projects; a fitness and movement studio for yoga, strength training, and cardio. The project also features multiple dining venues, including modern American cuisine at Ovation, The Social Club pub, and a vintage-inspired ice cream parlor The Scoop.

The project makes innovative use of prefabricated component technology, resulting in greater construction efficiency and precision. This process yielded distinctive modernist architecture, with large roof overhangs, recessed wall openings, and shading elements. The aesthetic focuses on rectilinear forms linked together by horizontal components, resulting in varied massing and roof lines. Cantilevers play a prominent role, both as shading and in reference to the area’s modernist heritage.