I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah


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.

 

video introduction to the resort
video © steel blue llc

 

 

 

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.

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
structure uses a mix of exposed materials to fit into the natural context
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
turquoise pool adds a vibrant color to the palette of earth tones
image © joe fletcher (also first image)

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
the resort is integrated within the rocky landscape
images © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
pool contours to the intruding rock
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
the rectilinear structures contrast with the intricate organic terrain
images © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
a mix of stone, wood, water, and concrete ground the structure into the site
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
several exterior courtyards bring the user to the landscape
images © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
outdoor pool
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
strong simple geometries match the landscape
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
indoor spa lit by a skylight
image © joe fletcher

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
jacuzzi
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
outdoor spa in a sunken courtyard
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
lounge are with a wind fence
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
vertical openings give a stylistic appearance for circulation or fenestration
(left) image © joe fletcher
(right) image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
large operable windows bring the exterior into the space
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
image © amanresorts

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
illuminated structure at night
image © joe fletcher 

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah
a single row of lights glow along the horizontal landscape
image © amanresorts

  • We stayed for four days with friends in mid September 2013. A magical and fabulous experience. I will say, however, when we first arrived, I wasn’t sure if we were entering a resort or the state penitentiary. It took me all of a few hours to come to terms with the breathtaking architecture. We heard a story that Adrian Zecha, the founder of Aman resorts was visiting a friend in the area with an eye to building a resort. When he saw the rock, he immediately envisioned the pavilion fronted by the pool wrapped around stone. Even if not true, its a great story. When I first saw the pool I thought of a bend in the Colorado River.
    As to LincolnHo and his question as to who would want to go somewhere in the middle of nowhere, only the really discerning travelers that can make nowhere a destination. And there is plenty to do at Amangiri; all you have to do is get out to hike the area.

    Stephen Farrand
    Oct 27, 2013
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