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Will Speros • November 20, 2017 | 

Kimpton, the Rowan Palm Springs has debuted in the Southern California desert, overlooking the vistas of the Coachella Valley. Crafted by Los Angeles-based practices Powerstrip Studio and DesignARC in collaboration with San Diego-based ACRM Architects + Interiors and Kimpton’s in-house design team, the seven-story urban oasis plays a significant role in the revitalization of downtown Palm Springs.

Through a contemporary lens, the property conveys a colorful homage to midcentury modernism. Concrete blocks in the exterior are punctuated with pop-out boxes and balconies for added dimension, while perforated metal sunshades and filigree screens subtly transform the texture of shadows. The minimalist interior merges the modern-desert sensibility with urban-inspired notes, like cleanly lined furniture and custom art installations. Boasting mountain views or private outdoor terraces, all 153 guestrooms layer textures and geometric patterns across a tranquil palette of blue and green with natural wood, neutral tones, and cool white hues. Spanning the length of the top floor, the 2,500-square-foot Arlo presidential suite is appointed with a pool table, soaking tub, and two private wraparound balconies.

Designed by Chris Pardo of Elemental Architecture, a private rooftop venue crowns the building. The space is also home to the High Bar, the intimate hideaway 4 Saints, and the city’s sole rooftop pool. A casual Mediterranean café and the Window bar are also featured onsite, in addition to more than 16,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor multipurpose space.

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