TAKE THE JOURNEY TO CASAPLUTONIA

CasaPlutonia Retreat in Joshua Tree CA

Experience an intimate destination suspended between earth and sky, body, and soul


ABOUT THE PROJECT:

Project Type: Off-The-Grid Retreat

Year Designed: 2014-2016

Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA

Size: 10 Rooms, Lobby, Dining Lounge and Wellness Center

Construction Budget: Undesclosed

Status: Under Development

 

CREDITS:

Project Designer: Archillusion Design, Artur Nesterenko

Construction Coordinator on site: ArchiBuilders Construction, German Nesterenko

Animation: Igor Neminov, Artur Nesterenko

Visual Renderings: Artur Nesterenko, Igor Neminov, Victoria Litvin

Construction Documents: Aaron Borja, Artur Nesterenko, Yasmany Flores

Developer: Archillusion Design & Development, CasaPlutonia LLC

Solar Contractor: Mega Sun Power, Mega Power Electric Inc.

 

PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS:

Range Exhibition at WUHO Hollywood - October 2016

National Geographic Traveller Magazine in UK - December 2016 issue

THE JOURNEY OF MIND, BODY AND SOUL

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. 

 

Official website and booking info: www.casaplutonia.com


Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

 

Inspired by Joshua Tree’s National Park breathtaking vistas, infinite sky, and enigmatic rock formations, our team at Archillusion Design has envisioned an architecturally innovative retreat to harmonize with this desert panorama. 

CasaPlutonia redefines the 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.

 
Central Swimming Pool

Central Swimming Pool

 
Dining Lounge During Sunset

Dining Lounge During Sunset

 

Upon arriving at CasaPlutonia guests enter a threshold called the Portal, an indoor-outdoor lobby that frames the sky with a circular oculus and provides glimpses of the central swimming pool. The Portal serves as the entrance to the subterranean corridor, the processional element leading guests to their suites, accentuating their transformative journey while framing the sublime desert views that burst into view upon ascent.

 
Portal Space/Lobby

Portal Space/Lobby

 
Entry to Subterranean Corridor

Entry to Subterranean Corridor

Subterranean Corridor

Subterranean Corridor

 

CasaPlutonia's 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.

 
Private Courtyard

Private Courtyard

 
Central Swimming Pool

Central Swimming Pool

 

From out of the ten suites available at CasaPlutonia, guests will be able to select from five unique suites, four of which connects to its own private courtyard and whose architectural components represent one of the essential elements of Water, Air, Fire, and Earth.

 
Sky Terrace View

Sky Terrace View

 
Private Pool

Private Pool

 
Sky Terrace and Private Outdoor Hot Tub

Sky Terrace and Private Outdoor Hot Tub

 
Air Element Courtyard

Air Element Courtyard

 
Fire Element Courtyard

Fire Element Courtyard

 
Earth Element Courtyard

Earth Element Courtyard

 
Water Element Room

Water Element Room

 
Central Swimming Pool During Night

Central Swimming Pool During Night

 
Private Courtyard

Private Courtyard

 

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.

For those who may be interested in more communal activities, the complex includes a wellness center replete a sauna, steam room, and area for spa treatments that is open to all guests.

 

CasaPlutonia offers a modern heated sauna that produces a naturally healthful detoxing environment.

After a day of adventure in a desert, the spa’s extensive menu of elemental therapies can restore tired muscles and put the mind at ease.

 

Outside the retreat, visitors may explore the national park’s countless miles of hiking, rock climbing, and exclusive off-road adventures or simply visit the local museums, restaurants, shops, and other attractions.

 
 
 

Joshua Tree's desert environment also provides ample opportunity for conserving water while harvesting the power of the sun and wind. Liberating these dormant passive energy systems is precisely the position we adopted in our design of a retreat composed of resilient buildings that function entirely off the public utility grid.

 
The Off-Grid Solar Array at CasaPlutonia's Site

The Off-Grid Solar Array at CasaPlutonia's Site

Building Diagram

Building Diagram

 
Passive Energy Systems Diagram

Passive Energy Systems Diagram

Design Process

Design Process

 
Conceptual Sketch

Conceptual Sketch

 
Study Model

Study Model

 

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 this 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.

 
 
Photo of the actual property where CasaPlutonia will be built

Photo of the actual property where CasaPlutonia will be built