Redesign Boasts Organic Textures and Indigenous Materials Taken from Resort’s Magnificent  Surroundings


| SCOTTSDALE, AZ - August 20, 2019 |  Parker-Torres Design looked to the peaceful and spiritual Sonoran Desert when renovating the Phoenician Scottsdale, a Luxury Collection Resort. The firm updated the lobby, the lobby bar  “Thirsty Camel”, and the expansive pool complex, including three pool decks and a pool bar. In addition, they designed interiors for the three story spa and a new build athletic facility. The beauty and fortitude of the diverse flora and fauna that can thrive in its surrounding environment as well as the resort’s location perched along the base of the iconic Camelback Mountain inspired an organic approach. By bringing indigenous elements into the design, whether it be as inspiration or in the use of locally sourced materials, Parker-Torres Design created a series of unique social spaces that marry gorgeous views of Paradise Valley with the historic influence of human settlement in the area.


“The line between the resort’s architecture and the mountain face is purposely blurred, mutually elevating the presence of both.” says Ellen Bourque Johnson, Associate Principal & Design Director at Parker-Torres Design. “We capitalized on nature’s beauty by eliminating any obstructions to the magnificent view of the valley, essentially bringing the outside in.”


The new bar, with amazing views of Paradise Valley, is the lobby’s centerpiece, creating a one of a kind social space that allows guests to enjoy a drink while taking in the fantastic landscape. 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 reminiscent of the plant’s appearance against the scorched desert floor. Another design element that reflects the desert’s influence is the lobby’s carpet, which incorporates rattlesnake textures.


“There is a beautiful moment that occurs when guests discover the influence of the desert all around them,” says Miriam Torres, Co-Founder of the firm. “Even the palette we used reflects the arid environment, with a burnt sienna similar to the color of Precambrian granite on the Camelback Mountain and brilliant greens replicating the shades seen in the Saguaro Cacti.”


From the Hohokam Indian and Pima Tribes to the Spanish Conquistadors and the pioneering ranchers, the resort’s lobby includes touches of the cultures that have settled the area as well. An example of this can be seen in the beautiful geometries of the custom front desk bronze screens, originating from Pima Indian baskets and crafted with the help of a Curator of Anthropology at the Arizona Museum of Natural History to ensure they are authentic and regionally appropriate. The concierge desk also has a custom leather art panel that is inspired by the topography of the land, and is fabricated in cow hide as a nod to the ranching history of the area.

For the spa, the firm focused on the resort’s namesake, the Phoenix, as their main inspiration.  The mythical creature traditionally represents rebirth and rejuvenation. Many examples of its influence can be found throughout the spa, including the dramatic glass wing sculpture in the lobby and the nest-like torchieres in the corridors.  The spa is over 30,000 square feet, with 24 treatment rooms, a nail salon, 1,500 square foot of retail, a large hydropool, sauna and steam room, VIP treatment room for couples, and a large pool deck with stunning views of Camelback Mountain

The renovations are ongoing as Parker-Torres plans to open a new J&G restaurant in November, as well as a Golf Clubhouse and Tavern next spring. The entire resort should be completed in 2019.

About Parker-Torres Design Inc.
Parker-Torres Design Inc. is an international interior design and interior architecture firm based in Boston, MA. Formed in 2004 by Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres, their company of 25 specializes in hospitality design. Each partner has more than thirty years of experience in this sphere, and both women draw upon their individual strengths to provide unique perspectives for every project. The additional support of Ellen Bourque Johnson, Director of Design and Associate Principal, elevates the finesse with which the firm operates.

Parker-Torres Design works with major hotel brands like Fairmont, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Westin, as well as independent hoteliers. Their portfolio of projects includes the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, the Boston Park Plaza, the InterContinental in Washington DC at The Wharf, and The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale. In addition to hotels, the breadth of their experience encompasses restaurants (with an in-house F&B team), country clubs and spas.