New York-based Gluckman Tang Architects has completed the newest addition to Sedona, Arizona’s Enchantment Resort, the 4,000-square-foot Trail House.
The Trail House is designed to let the path flow through the building, so that it acts as both a destination and as a point of interest along the trail. The “trail” is expressed with a trellis that extends through the building and acts as a main circulation spine, flanked by brick and stucco boxes.
The weathered-cedar and corten-steel trellis is topped with peeled pine logs, or latillas, and provides shade along the main circulation spine as it extends from interior to exterior, blurring the line between inside and outside. The building’s palette of pigmented concrete floors, adobe brick and red-rock colored stucco anchors Trail House in the landscape.
The centerpiece of Trail House is the Map Room (shown), a gallery space dedicated to introducing guests to the region’s trails, natural features, and Native American culture and history. The 13-foot-high, sky-lit room is clad in latillas, and features a 12-foot video wall and integrated wall map.
The building is designed around existing topography and trees, including a 50-foot-tall Arizona sycamore tree that was protected in place during construction. Gluckman Tang worked with Colwell Shelor Landscape Architects to introduce native plantings and natural water catchment areas, or “bio-sponges,” which offer protection from flooding and prevent destructive erosion during hard rains.
Photo: Courtesy of Gluckman Tang Architects