Background and Context
JCJ worked closely with the Gila River Indian Community to design and deliver a unique destination that would represent the Tribe and complement the natural beauty of the local terrain with water features and creative landscaping. The innovative design offers multiple levels of amenties that are easily navigable for patron comfort and operations efficiency.
Wild Horse Pass provided an opportunity to develop the Community’s themes and references into an iconic and contemporary design statement while infusing them with the excitement and energy of an entertainment destination. Both the architecture and interior design explore the energy, movement and dynamic expression of water; the lasting effects of flowing water on landforms, and the reflective qualities of water as it captures the colors and textures of its environment.
Visitors entering the new Wild Horse Pass Hotel metaphorically step into a new world. This striking and contemporary environment employs clean, modern design principles and a palette of natural, indigenous materials that interpret the rich culture and heritage of the Gila River Community. Objectives for design included creating an experience that is iconic and culturally sensitive; energetic and appealing; exciting, while being warm, comfortable and restorative. The 12-story hotel features 242 guest rooms and suites and has achieved a AAA four diamond rating.