I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
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jan 22, 2013
I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah


‘amangiri resort’ by rick joy architects, utah, united states
image © joe fletcher

 

 

 

 

collaborative I-10 studio, comprised of renowned architects rick joy, marwan al-sayed, and wendell burnette,  has designed the ‘amangiri resort‘ in canyon point, utah, near the border of arizona. in par with the architects’ oeuvre, the complex bears an intrinsic position in the desert site spotted with flat mesas and water-carved plateaus. the resort features an impressive program covering 243 hectares of land: 34 suites with various views and characteristics, a lounge, several swimming pools, spa, fitness center, and a central pavilion that contains a library, art gallery, and private/public dining areas, amongst other functions. to capture the desert landscape, strong simple geometries backdrop the rough textured rock, at times taking on the role of spectator while at others integrating seamlessly into it, allowing the natural contours to inform the nature of the man-made construct. the juxtaposition between the pristine raw surfaces and organic red earth form a symbiotic relationship: the building is meant to frame the plateaus through varied apertures, while the landscape acts as a host for the sculptural structure, each of which compliments the other quite balanced. exposed materials such as wood, water, light (as could be appropriately considered in this case) and concrete, poured with local aggregate to match the neutral orange hues, ground the vernacular into the site and help to capture the unique desert features. large openings offer a slice of the immediate exterior with retractable screens to extend panoramic views. exterior courtyards on the different steppes introduce the guests in a more intimate way to the terrain, communicating with the interior so that the outdoor experience is perhaps more important than the indoor.

 


video introduction to the resort
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structure uses a mix of exposed materials to fit into the natural context
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turquoise pool adds a vibrant color to the palette of earth tones
image © joe fletcher

 


the resort is integrated within the rocky landscape
images © joe fletcher

 


pool contours to the intruding rock
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the rectilinear structures contrast with the intricate organic terrain
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image © joe fletcher

 


a mix of stone, wood, water, and concrete ground the structure into the site
image © joe fletcher

 


several exterior courtyards bring the user to the landscape
images © joe fletcher

 


image © joe fletcher

 


outdoor pool
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strong simple geometries match the landscape
image © joe fletcher

 


indoor spa lit by a skylight
image © joe fletcher

 


jacuzzi
image © amanresorts

 


outdoor spa in a sunken courtyard
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lounge are with a wind fence
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vertical openings give a stylistic appearance for circulation or fenestration
(left) image © joe fletcher
(right) image © amanresorts

 


large operable windows bring the exterior into the space
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illuminated structure at night
image © joe fletcher

 


a single row of lights glow along the horizontal landscape
image © amanresorts

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