Architecture is created in the desert
Among the otherworldly red rock formations of Utah’s desert, Paréa Zion, will take shape as an architecturally advanced landscape hotel.’ The retreat will be located just outside of Zion National Park, a protected area known for its dramatic canyons carved deep into the desert floor. The project is planned for an area of 240 hectares and is scheduled to open at the end of 2024 Studio Andreas Trotterand will showcase a series of self-contained units ranging from bungalows to three-bedroom homes – each thoughtfully designed with modern architecture that blends seamlessly with their natural surroundings to celebrate Zion’s unique beauty.
Reception and restaurant | Visualizations © Claudia Adamiak
designed for wellness and seclusion
The architects collaborate at Studio Andrew Trotter digital artist Charlotte Taylor to design a custom home as part of the larger Paréa Zion Retreat. Once built, the house will be Taylor’s first architectural design to be realized outside of the digital world. Overall, each apartment in Paréa will combine the “seclusion of a private residence with the design and service of a boutique hotel”. Centered around a bathhouse-style spa, the project will take shape as a wellness-centric oasis in the endless desert.
Charlotte Taylor’s house
Studio Andrew Trotter learns from the landscape
During Paréa Zion’s earliest design phase, Studio Andrew Trotter spent time studying the land and its surroundings in order to create a harmonious balance between the built space and its natural context. One of the most important aspects of the project involved a deep understanding of the site and its delicate landscape. ‘As well as being a destination for architecture lovers, we should also ensure that all buildings blend into one another and become part of the landscape rather than taking over it,’ The architects say designboom.
The team studied the local landscape to ensure the architecture was consistent with the existing topography, taking into account the surrounding ravines, valleys and cliffs. The goal was to create a design that blended into its surroundings rather than compete with them. The placement of structures within the complex site has been carefully considered to maximize natural lighting and minimize disruption to views.
Each Paréa apartment is delicately built into the hills and blends subtly into the desert landscape. As such, the project blends seamlessly into its surroundings, becoming part of the earth without dominating it.
House by Andrew’s Pool
Harmony with the red rocks and canyons
The construction of each Paréa Zion unit will be lightweight to minimize environmental impact. The walls will be finished with a rough lime plaster of rust-red color that blends in with the natural tones of the earth and rock. Each home will be completely self-sufficient and positioned so that the other homes are barely visible, creating a sense of solitude in the otherwise pristine wilderness.
A reception, a restaurant and a pool will be housed in a low-rise building that offers a wide view of the surroundings. At the same time, a spa and wellness building will perch high in the countryside, tucked away like a hideaway to be discovered, offering a peaceful, tranquil sanctuary.
House on the Rock by Marcelo