February 11, 2010

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: The Annenberg Center at Sunnylands

OJB is excited to share construction photographs from the Annenberg Center at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, CA.

The 15 acre Annenberg Center at Sunnylands is an extension of the 200-acre desert retreat of the publisher, diplomat, and philanthropist Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his wife Lenore. Sited to take advantage of impressive views to the mountains beyond, the Center is organized around a 15,000 sq. ft. LEED silver-rated building that accommodates docent-led tours of the estate, educational exhibits, receptions, cafe, exhibition space, theater, and a gift shop. The landscape design provides a carefully orchestrated garden experience that responds to the climate of the Sonoran Desert.

Visitors entering the site move through a richly planted entry drive before arriving at the Center’s formal auto court. At the rear of the building, twin reflection basins flank the formal plaza that overlooks the function lawn and desert gardens beyond. A sweeping promenade leads visitors past a maze garden, reflection garden, and interpretive paths through the native landscape.

Construction is estimated to be complete in June of this year.

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