The goal for the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater was to develop a memorable venue for a variety of performances that did not detract from the experience of the park when not in use. To accomplish this, the Amphitheater is sited to take advantage of local mountain views. The stage and lower bowl seating area are recessed below grade, allowing the visible scale of the venue to align with neighboring buildings. Intruding landscaping material, turn, specimen trees and a building design that emerges from the landscape help to tie the architecture into the park setting an atmosphere. The goal of the design is to create a space that also functions as an amazing park space and performance venue.