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

I 10 studio: amangiri resort, utah

‘amangiri resort’ by rick joy architects, utah, united statesimage © 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
video © steel blue llc


structure uses a mix of exposed materials to fit into the natural contextimage © amanresorts


turquoise pool adds a vibrant color to the palette of earth tonesimage © joe fletcher


the resort is integrated within the rocky landscapeimages © joe fletcher


pool contours to the intruding rockimage © amanresorts


the rectilinear structures contrast with the intricate organic terrainimages © joe fletcher


image © joe fletcher


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


several exterior courtyards bring the user to the landscapeimages © joe fletcher


image © joe fletcher


outdoor poolimage © joe fletcher


strong simple geometries match the landscapeimage © joe fletcher


indoor spa lit by a skylightimage © joe fletcher


jacuzzi image © amanresorts


outdoor spa in a sunken courtyardimage © amanresorts


lounge are with a wind fenceimage © amanresorts


image © amanresorts


image © amanresorts


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 spaceimage © amanresorts


image © amanresorts


illuminated structure at nightimage © joe fletcher


a single row of lights glow along the horizontal landscapeimage © amanresorts

  • What a breathtakingly humble work – fantastic! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

    tico says:
  • anybody ever heard of Rick Joy?

    nice project though

    dbkii says:
  • Just awesome … what a subtle and calming integration with nature.

    Sanjay Arora says:
  • I stayed there once. Absolutely breathtaking. The wrap around pool, the sauna, the hiking, the service… so good.

    Josh says:
  • thank you
    perhaps in another lifetime I could visit
    only with the coin of the realm

    Paedra says:
  • Rick Joy is a Tucson architect who’s office is well known for rammed earth residences in arizona. This work is a beautiful example of his design sensibilities and restraint.

    faftaichi says:
  • @dbkii – Rick Joy has a die hard following, primarily out of Tucson, AZ – his work is legendary and this resort is no exception… check him out

    chris says:
  • Architects are well familier with Rick Joy. He has produced consistently high level of design rooted in the deserts of the southwest U.S. This project has been in the works for quite some time. It does not disappoint. – MW architects.

    mArkW says:
  • Love this project, the lines, the place and the colors. Elegant and clean style. SUPERB

    Álvaro says:
  • Three Arizona architects to collaborate on the design — Marwan Al-Sayed, Wendell Burnette, AIA, and Rick Joy, AIA. For this particular project, the trio of friends formed a company, I-10 Studio, named after the freeway that connects their offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Cool IDEA.

    Ming says:
  • Why do natural landscapes always need to be disturbed? Sure, being in a resort amongst this desert is ideal, and the choice of material and plan complements the surrounding environment, but it’s just sad that places like these always must be drilled into or added by man-made architecture.

    Martina says:
  • @ Martina, I mean… seriously?

    Leeya says:
  • Love the project!!

    Leeya says:
  • Martina, cry me a river. Seriously who cares. Architecture is the beauty of man’s creation within nature. Go live in a tent if you feel that way.

    justin says:
  • Absolutely love this place. To make it even over the top, they should’ve let the rock part of the pool, and you’d be able to naturally have a mineral water pool =). But the way they contoured it around is a great visual feature. Only issue is location. Who the heck would go to the middle of nowhere?!

    LincolnHo says:
  • with this team I expected no less!

    rui fernandes says:
  • Beautiful and bold architecture but to include a pool in an area that only sees a few inches of rain every year? I find that to be a almost criminal waste a precious water.

    Hans Mouritzen says:
  • A successful architectural design. I like very much

    www.proje-yardim.com says:
  • Absolutely greatest. Someone has the complete location of this resort and how to contact it.

    Guillermo García N. says:
  • I will add a scorpion on the sand next to the hot tub 😉

    er says:
  • 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 says:

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