The built form merges silently with its design setting, exploiting and enhancing the natural beauty of the site to establish accommodations that are uniquely beautiful and luxurious. The resulting experience is sensual and sensitive, reduced to what is essential, establishing a ancient connection with the universe through simple, elemental forms, sincere materiality/detailing, and the use of bountiful natural resources both physical and ethereal.
The conceptual point of departure has its roots in the tectonic and geological histories of the region. Through an engagement of the existing natural faults and fissures, the architecture is inserted in the landscape with nominal impact, synchronizing with the topography. The boundaries between man-made and nature, interior and exterior, are deliberately blurred establishing maximum effect with minimum affect. The lodges are nestled across the landscape - enhancing rather than distorting an awareness of the context. Beauty, power, and humility are achieved through a profound understanding of flow, light and orientation with the topography, fermenting a relationship with the surrounding desert. The lodges and villas – rock lodge, spa lodge, tent lodge and reserve villa – are all designed as spatial responses towards establishing a connection with the awe-inspiring site.