Title: Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Project Type: Tribal – Casino Hotel and Resort
Services Provided: Architecture, Master Planning and Interior Design
Service Areas: Lobby, Casino Floor, Hotel Rooms, Food & Beverage, Pool/Spa and Convention Center
Owner: Pueblo of Pojoaque
Description: Built on the ancestral lands of the Pueblo of Pojoaque tribe, the organic design of our 700,000SF Buffalo Thunder Resort combines elements of the Pueblo and Santa Fe styles, and gently nestles 391-key Hilton Hotel, a casino, entertainment venues and event spaces across a naturally sloping 180-acre site. The final design scheme successfully incorporates over 700 artworks by Native artists – each commissioned expressly for the project – resulting in a powerful intersection of art and architecture that’s part of the historic tradition of Pueblo-style building.
For the Resort’s 75,000SF casino TBEA designers moved their modern interpretation of Pueblo Revival-architecture indoors, where a visually-complex mix of intricate ceiling planes, stylized Viga structure, bold graphics and a witty integration of colorful Native art bring life and great energy to the guest experience. Consistently ranked as ‘the sexiest casino’ in the U.S., Buffalo Thunder’s gaming & entertainment elements feature eight unique food and beverage outlets, [the renowned Red Sage restaurant is popular with guests and locals alike], and over 66,000SF of event space, including eight meeting rooms [the largest in the Santa Fe area], two ballrooms, and a generous amount of pre-function space to serve each venue. Connecting it all is an ingenious ‘retail walk’ of shops and stores, faithfully rendered in the traditional Pojoaque Style.