PHX Architecture had the honor of renovating the iconic Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Our team preserved Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence on the property while adding a contemporary twist to many of the designs. The 15 month project restored the Biltmore’s famous Wright Bar, the family pool known as the Paradise Pool, and the iconic Biltmore cottages. New additions such as a new adult pool, The Spire Bar, and Renata’s Hearth restaurant allow guests to rediscover the resort in a more modern light. PHX Architecture upheld the Biltmore’s emblematic legacy while adding a fresh take of glamour and cool desert chic. The 200,000 sq. ft. property of stunning indoor spaces and glamourous outdoor design looks majestic against the Piestewa Peak backdrop.

The Wright Bar

PHX Architecture remodeled Wright’s Bar with Virserius Studio to add a more modern touch to a timeless design. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s use of the iconic concrete Biltmore textile blocks, rich colored furniture was used to contrast the walls. The bar uses tiered elevation and different textures to create a space with a sense of discovery.

The Paradise Pool

The reimagined family pool now features a 65′ triple water slide and children’s splash pad for younger guests. PHX Architecture designed the entry with Rosie Feinberg of SFA and the pool with Burton Studio.

The Saguaro Pool

The new adult pool, designed by PHX Architecture, Virserius, and Burton Studio, features air conditioned cabanas, private oasis, and a beautiful 140 year old Saguaro cactus to gaze at while relaxing in the water.


The cottages were a symbol of the Biltmore’s glamour and they were restored by PHX Architecture and Virserius to preserve the famed design that plays a role in Arizona’s history. Some new touches to the cottages include custom painting over the benches by local artist Diane Rodgers.

Renata’s Hearth

One of the new additions designed alongside the renovation of the Biltmore is Renata’s Hearth, a modern Latin-inspired restaurant. Renata’s explores an flavorful menu and philosophy based around ‘the essence of smoke’, treating the restaurant guests to a delicious experience. One of the main features includes a charming patio where the famous hearth crackles away. PHX Architecture’s Erik Peterson and Mark Schriefer designed the restaurant alongside Jim Smith with Serving the Nation.

Spire Bar

The most notable addition to the Biltmore is Spire’s Bar, which features a 30 foot spire in the center of the lawn, which also serves as a public piece of art attributing Frank Lloyd Wright. In the evening, a beautiful light show reveals vibrant colors across the lawn. The bar acts as the resort’s main social scene with the backdrop of Piestewa Peak. It is the perfect spot for guests and networking with cocktail in hand.

Design Team

PHX Architecture | Erik B. Peterson, Ron Skoog, Maurita Harris, Mark Schriefer

Landscaping | Burton Studio

Lighting | Creative Designs in Lighting


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