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HKS Architects Design Luxe Campsite in Joshua Tree and Zion National Park

The world-renowned firm used the stunning landscape as inspiration.

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AutoCamp has quickly become the premier outdoor lodging brand with sites in Yosemite National Park, Russian River locations, and Cape Cod. Now, the company is announcing three new destinations—Joshua Tree, Zion, and the Catskill Mountains—two of which will be designed by HKS Architects.

The Texas-based architecture firm, known for its modern hotel designs, will lead design for AutoCamp Joshua Tree (opening Fall 2021) and AutoCamp Zion National Park (opening Spring 2022), bringing that same aesthetic to the campground. While Airstreams will make up the accommodations, HKS is designing the communal clubhouses at both properties that will feature mid-century modern details, clean lines, and natural materials to highlight the area's natural beauty.

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"There's a much greater appreciation of outdoor hospitality spaces among today's traveler, and the design of AutoCamp Joshua Tree highlights the beauty of the natural landscape around it," Thomas Sprinkle, principal at HKS, told Departures in a statement. "From a design perspective, it was important to use elements of passive design to inspire guests to have that deeper connection to nature. Including orienting the building to shelter from winter winds to take advantage of summer breezes, expressing shading elements on all facades and using simple, compact architectural forms."

The AutoCamp Joshua Tree clubhouse will be home to an outdoor bar, hot tub, plunge pool, and kitchen for chef residency pop-ups, as well as the signature General Store. Similar offerings will be available at Zion National Park with a large shaded patio and large glass windows to take in the Gooseberry Mesa's scenic views and beyond.

Artwork will be scattered throughout the properties, like a sculpture by Ana DiGiallonardo, an outdoor mural by Jaque Fragua, and a tapestry by Avo. The Joshua Tree location will also feature dark-sky compliant lighting to ensure the best stargazing experience.

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Meanwhile, the Catskills location will feature a clubhouse by Workshop/APD, which showcases a modern barn-design using two gabled masses with exposed post-and-beam interiors. The rustic gathering spot will feature vintage-inspired décor that takes in the local music culture.

Of course, the goal for all AutoCamps is to bring people closer to nature. That's why it's car-free and in unspoiled locations across the country.

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