Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nestled on 180 acres in the ancestral lands of the Pueblo of Pojoaque the property integrates the organic nature of the pueblo style of building with the many design elements which have influenced what is now known as the Santa Fe Style.Containing 700,000 square feet of finished floor space the building tiers up the natural sloping site. The design team integrated over 700 pieces of native artist’s work which were commissioned for this project. This integration of art and architecture is one of the historic traditions of the pueblo style. With 391 guestrooms and suites and 26 room types there is little repletion of the spatial experience that guests will have.

The 75,000 square foot casino is designed with a contemporary southwest design image, and is full of energy with complex ceiling planes, stylized viga beams and graphic locations. This energy is contagious and the guests come alive, interacting with the space.The eight food and beverage outlets were designed to provide a variety of dining and design experiences. From the ultra sophisticated Red Sage by Mark Miller to the route 66 inspired Turquoise Trail Sports Bar guests can enjoy the inherent variety offered by New Mexico. Containing over 66,000 square feet of meeting and convention space the resort offers the largest meeting space in the Santa Fe area. With two major ballrooms, eight meeting rooms and vast pre-function the design team provided the resort with state of the art facilities, designed to blend the Pojoaque Style.

Size: 700,000 Square Feet
Cost: $250 Million
Completion: 2008
Client: Pueblo of Pojoaque
Responsibilities: Master Planning, Site Planning, Prime Architect, Architecture, Interior Architect, Engineering, Programming, Concept Design, Theme Concept Design, Concept Development, Design Development, Exterior Design, Exterior Theme Design, Interior Design, Interior Theme Design, Specility Design