Sunnylands Center & Gardens at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
Sunnylands is the 200-acre winter retreat of publisher and philanthropist Walter and Leonore Annenberg in Rancho Mirage, designed in 1964 by A.Q. Jones with interior decoration by William Haines. The new Sunnylands Center & Gardens at the Retreat at Sunnylands, designed by FFP with Mrs. Annenberg to complement the historic estate, will accommodate high-level retreats, educational programs, events, and public tours. Conceived as a set of garden pavilions, the Center maintains a formal relationship to the original residence with its broad overhanging roof and panoramic glass walls. The single-story building is dramatically set in a multi-purpose desert landscape garden designed by The Office of James Burnett. Michael S. Smith’s interior decoration of the Center pays homage William Haines’ work. CMG Landscape Architecture is renovating the estate landscape, which will include a restored Dick Wilson-designed golf course. FFP drove the effort to create a sustainable center with desert planting, a photovoltaic array, and geothermal heating and cooling designed to generate 100% of the energy required to run the Center.
Awards – Design Green, Architectural Foundation of LA; Best of L.A. Architects Award, The Los Angeles Business Council
Rancho Mirage, California, USA; 2011; 15,000 SF; $20 million; LEED Gold