AvroKO Channels the Bauhaus and Havana for the Scott, a Luxury Resort in Scottsdale

LOCATION Scottsdale
SQ. FT. 14,500 SQF

With large-scale renovation projects, briefs can be tricky—it’s not the easiest feat to carve out a fresh new vision comprehensively complementary to existing bone structure. Such was the challenge for the revival of in Scottsdale, Arizona, a resort formally known as Firesky Resort & Spa.

The lobby at the Scott resort in Scottsdale, Arizona with interiors by AvroKO. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.

“We were tasked with a significant modernization makeover, yet needed to preserve the original Spanish Revival–inspired architecture,” explains Greg Bradshaw, principal at , the architecture and interior design firm that spearheaded the 190,000-square-foot renovation project in the heart of Scottsdale’s Old Town district.

To ease the transition between traditional architecture and 21st century fit-out in the 204 guest rooms and public areas—with three dining options, 14,500 square feet of indoor meeting space, spa, and two pools—AvroKO turned to the Modernism movement and the capital of a former Spanish colony: Havana.

The lobby bar. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.

Custom rattan and wicker furnishings paired with wood accents create a warm, honey-hued backdrop for a design theme Bradshaw sums up as a “mash-up of Bauhaus'ian and Cuban details and layers” – think a Havana front porch with a splash of old-world glamour. Curved brass Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers are paired with rattan settees and, as an unexpected standout feature, cane screens. Woven in fresh, amber-hued cane in a hexagonal design, these are used both as unexpected wall accents and spatial dividers throughout.

Golden banquette seating at the Canal Club restaurant. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.

In the Canal Club restaurant, where cuisine, appropriately, has a Cuban twist, arched banquettes are upholstered in a shimming gold velvet—a challenging material for a heavy-traffic environment. Patience paid off, and the result is both “stain and rub resistant—not typical for that fabric form,” notes AvroKO principal Kristina O'Neal.

From the wide array of plantings, to the tropical landscapes depicted in vintage artwork, to wallpaper bursting with palm leafs, greenery abounds. That’s a nod to Cuba’s sub-tropical climate.

The entrance. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.
The lobby. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.
A guest room. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.
Ghislaine Viñas’s Wild Thing wallpaper in a bathroom. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.
The Canal Club restaurant. Photo by Tanveer Badal/courtesy of AvroKO.

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