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Quintessential California desert landscape provides a unique setting for an environmentally focused Art + Entertainment Campus

Destino is a unique High Desert destination for locals and visitors alike. The 5-acre site combines a variety of complementing uses in a desert garden setting that highlights its connection to the environment.

Two existing structures are transformed as the main anchor points for the complex – an all-day café with plant-based comfort foods, baked goods, organic juice bar & coffee: and an indoor-outdoor bar featuring drinks from some of the best int the region’s cocktail industry with revolving local craft beers and live music.

The gardens weave through the site with a series of planted berms and water collection basins to mitigate the sites impact on the environment. A single “dancing” wall element along the northern service road acts as a utility distribution spine, wind shield, and as the main circulation for larger events and gatherings. A large clearing at the center of the campus frames the view of Goat Mountain while serving as an outdoor music and event venue.

The sliver of site across the road, while lower in elevation and open to unobstructed views, creates a village of “Casitas”, each with a unique framed view and a sheltered patio area.

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