Sunnylands Center and Gardens

“Fluid in its spaces and open to the outdoors, the house encourages relaxation, intimacy, and a constant awareness of the constructed landscape.” – Janice Lyle, Sunnylands Director

The single-story building lays low and long against the dramatic desert landscape. In the spirit of the Annenberg’s love of nature, outside and inside spaces are fully integrated.
We collaborated with The Office of James Burnett to reinterpret the splendor of Sunnylands with a sustainable and indigenous desert garden surrounding the Center. We introduced a photovoltaic array to generate all the energy required to run the Center and efficient geothermal heating and cooling.
Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg described their original estate as “a place of tranquility and hospitality,” and now it’s open to all.