Headed for Palm Springs, California, BOOM Community is a new master-planned community costing $250 million and will provide an exciting new design for the desert that surrounds it. Collaborating to create this pedestrian friendly, neighborhood development are ten architecture firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York. Envisioned for the gay community BOOM aims to provide an urban lifestyle promoting healthy living. Included within the masterplan: a boutique hotel, gym and spa, BOOM health and wellness center, and entertainment complex.
The first phase of construction starts in 2012. 300 residences will be built in eight unique neighborhoods, each designed by a different architect. Pathways and plazas, set in a landscaped desert environment, connect to the social and geographic heart of BOOM. The health and wellness services cater to the health needs of all generations. Upon completion of Phase 2, boom will expand to over 700 residences.
The demands of the gay community are more ambitious than traditional retirees. Gay Americans have a history of pioneering new ways of living and with BOOM, they want a community that is multi-generational and socially diverse. Thus, boom will be open to everyone – young and old, gay and straight. Of further importance is their belief, expressed by the design team, that BOOM be about “inclusion, not seclusion; about living, not retiring.”