What inspired the Phoenician Scottsdale Resort’s new lobby

Massachusetts-based Parker-Torres Design looked to the Sonoran Desert when it renovated the main lobby of the Phoenician Scottsdale, a Luxury Collection Resort. The local flora and fauna inspired an organic approach to the renovation, as well as the resort’s location perched along the base of the Camelback Mountain.

The color palette used reflects the arid environment, with a burnt sienna similar to the color of Precambrian granite on the Camelback Mountain and greens replicating the shades seen in the Saguaro Cacti.

The design team made the lobby bar a focal point and brought indigenous elements into the design, whether as inspiration or in the use of locally-sourced materials. The lobby bar now has views of Paradise Valley.


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A highlight in the space is the custom chandelier above the concierge desk inspired by the seed pods of the agave plant. The layering of the chandelier against a plaster wallcovering with a weathered texture is said to be reminiscent of the plant’s appearance against the desert floor.

Another design element that reflects the desert’s influence is the lobby’s carpet, which incorporates rattlesnake textures.

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