The Journey of Mind, Body, and Soul
"Experience an intimate journey to a destination suspended between earth and sky, body and soul."
Inspired by Joshua Tree’s National Park breathtaking vistas, infinite sky, and enigmatic rock formations, our team at Archillusion Design has envisioned an architecturally innovative retreat to harmonize with this desert panorama.
CasaPlutonia redefines the traditional concept of a retreat by inviting guests to restore themselves in a sanctuary that fosters synergy among spirit, nature, and high design.
We designed every aspect of CasaPlutonia to foster rejuvenation, promote self-reflection, and provide guests with a tranquil respite from their intense metropolitan lives.
Upon arriving at CasaPlutonia guests enter a threshold called the Portal, an indoor-outdoor lobby that frames the sky with a circular oculus and provides glimpses of the central swimming pool. The Portal serves as the entrance to the subterranean corridor, the processional element leading guests to their suites, accentuating their transformative journey while framing the sublime desert views that burst into view upon ascent.
CasaPlutonia's Platonic geometries augment an understanding of the desert’s planar dimensions and provide guests with the increasingly rare opportunity to recover their well-being, discover their creative muse, or derive inspiration from a breathtaking desert sunset or ponder the infinite magnitude of a solitary Joshua Tree.
From out of the ten suites available at CasaPlutonia, guests will be able to select from five unique suites, four of which connects to its own private courtyard and whose architectural components represent one of the essential elements of Water, Air, Fire, and Earth.
Nestled among Joshua trees, some of which have endured for hundreds or even thousands of years, the architecture aims to deepen our awareness of nature’s persistence to thrive among adverse circumstances and our profound reliance on its restorative powers to sustain well-being.
For those who may be interested in more communal activities, the complex includes a wellness center replete a sauna, steam room, and area for spa treatments that is open to all guests.
Outside the retreat, visitors may explore the national park’s countless miles of hiking, rock climbing, and exclusive off-road adventures or simply visit the local museums, restaurants, shops, and other attractions.
Joshua Tree's desert environment also provides ample opportunity for conserving water while harvesting the power of the sun and wind. Liberating these dormant passive energy systems is precisely the position we adopted in our design of a retreat composed of resilient buildings that function entirely off the public utility grid.
Distance to CasaPlutonia from major cities:
Palm Springs, CA - 52 miles (aprox. 50 minutes drive), Los Angeles, CA - 130 miles (aprox. 2 hours drive), San Diego, CA - 164 miles (aprox. 2 hours & 30 minutes drive), Las Vegas, NV - 187 miles (aprox. 3 hours drive)
The idea of the name "CasaPlutonia":
CasaPlutonia was romantically named after a 1915 science-fiction novel by Vladimir Obruchev that describes a secret underground world with dramatic geographic features evoking the Mojave’s unique geology. The novel provided us with the conceptual premise to emphasize guests’ privacy by designing a procession to their rooms that would lead through a subterranean corridor, accentuate their transformative journey, and frame the sublime desert views that burst into view upon ascent.