Take a building with decent bones and no personality and turn it into a movie star.
The existing classic modern building, inspired by the International Style, was a stark white building with no ties to its context. Our answer was to reawaken and anchor a moribund hotel in downtown Scottsdale to its spectacular natural and cultural landscape.
The variation and depth of color in the flora of the Sonoran Desert offered a sumptuous palette from which to develop a color scheme. When we combined that with the beautiful desert light, a natural solution revealed itself: to play with color in a manner that emulates the spectrum. We applied color according to the architectural rhythms of the hotel in a way that would highlight their natural rhythm, making them lively without overpowering them. Furniture and materials indigenous to the desert were incorporated to ground the hotel to its surrounding context. The new color and material palette brought the hotel into a conversation with the spectacular, indigenous local landscape, thus, making visitors from afar, and from around the corner, know the warm ambiance of the Southwest.