Archillusion Design

Archillusion Design

Los Angeles, CA


CASAPLUTONIA - Landscape Hotel


Inspired by Joshua Tree’s breathtaking vistas, infinite sky, and enigmatic rock formations, our team at Archillusion Design has envisioned an architecturally innovative resort to harmonize with this desert panorama. CasaPlutonia redefines the more traditional concept of a retreat by inviting guests to restore themselves in a sanctuary that fosters synergy among spirit, nature, and high design. We designed every aspect of CasaPlutonia  to foster rejuvenation, promote self-reflection, and provide guests with a tranquil respite from their intense metropolitan lives. Nestled among Joshua trees, some of which have endured for hundreds or even thousands of years, the architecture aims to deepen our awareness of nature’s persistence to thrive among adverse circumstances and our profound reliance on its restorative powers to sustain well-being. Inside CasaPlutonia's Euclidean Platonic geometries augment an understanding of the desert’s planar dimensions and provide guests with the increasingly rare opportunity to recover their well-being, discover their creative muse, or derive inspiration from a breathtaking desert sunset or ponder the infinite magnitude of a solitary Joshua Tree.

Located at the intersection of Southern California’s Mojave and Colorado deserts, Joshua Tree encompasses an otherworldly landscape of boulder piles, indigenous Palm oases, historic trails, and an ecosystem that nurtures the remarkable Yucca Brevifolia, the distinctive tree that lends Joshua Tree National Park its name. While rock climbers, campers, hikers, naturalists, and artists travel from all over the world to absorb Joshua Tree’s pristine beauty and to disconnect from the routine of everyday life, the park’s vast 790,636 acres guarantee an intimate engagement with the site’s stunning biodiversity. The park preserves traces of ancient religions etched in petroglyphs and a record of indigenous people having thrived on its life-sustaining forces that dates back at least 5000 years to Pinto culture. Around the year 1800 cattlemen and miners discovered the desert’s rich natural resources, while Biblical prophets wandered here seeking divine enlightenment. With an arid atmosphere and expansive horizons, Joshua Tree remains a select destination for relaxation and self-discovery offering contemplative environments for refreshing both body and mind. 

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Joshua Tree, CA, US
Firm Role: Architectural Designer, Developer and Owner