Health Spa Design Architect - Bighorn Spa and Salon - Palm Desert, California - 2002

James Easton, AIA NCARB, Design Architect, in the employ of Allen + Philp Architects - Scottsdale, Arizona

Principal - Elk River Studio - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The Bighorn Spa is located in the desert outside Los Angeles, California.  The Palm Springs and Palm Desert areas are home to exclusive resorts, country clubs and residences enjoying the spectacular views and endless desert sun.  The building is a daily use health spa for an exclusive membership.  Architectural features include the rock wall slicing through the building, spa courtyards, a soaring lobby ceiling and multiple, specialized fitness rooms.  Entrances to all treatment rooms puncture the solid mass of the rock.  The Architect employed sloping Copper roof forms conceal all mechanical equipment from the exterior.  Interior amenities include a relaxation courtyard, jacuzzi rooms, pilates studio, a beauty salon, men's and women's locker rooms and extensive community meeting areas incorporated by the Architect.