FFKR’s design team had two primary goals for the Fort Hall Casino. First was to take the inherited set of design drawings from another architect firm and lead the project through to successful completion. Second, to infuse the Shoshone-Bannock tribal and cultural identity into the new space. It is important for buildings on the Fort Hall Reservation to both serve the people and educate visitors about the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The Tribal Culture Council assisted the team with the selection of significant historical photographs and artifacts of their ancestors to use in the central casino entrance vestibule; additional photos of important tribal imagery were applied behind the cashier’s desk and at the dining venues. Working closely with the tribe, FFKR was able to bring elements of their cultural symbols and colors forward into the interior design through the custom flooring, wall patterns, and lighting features and incorporate their connection to nature through symbolic rivers, mountains, and animal motifs. We worked to design a space that belonged to the tribe in look, feel, and experience.
High-end and Durable Finishes
Casinos have a unique protocol for design, layout, lighting, and furniture. We had to provide high-end looking materials with as durable finishes. Furniture and flooring needed to be non-flammable and easily cleanable. We worked with material reps who provided countless options to meet these needs.
Important Cultural Icons
A main feature at the center of the gaming floor is a larger circular medallion with important cultural icons including a ring of bald eagle feathers followed by blue mountain peaks with a rising sun, and a ring of fire. This custom art piece follows the ‘fire color’ palette of red, yellow, blue, and white and the pattern of intricate ancestral beadwork.
Several design elements, including the center medallion and the sun design hanging lights, were fabricated by a company that uses recycled plastic materials. The design team provided the artwork, and the company was able to print on plastic drums for a fantastic final product.
Sharing of Historical Artifacts
The Tribal Culture Council assisted the team with the selection of significant historical photographs and artifacts of their ancestors to use in the central casino entrance vestibule; additional photos of important tribal imagery were applied behind the cashier’s desk and at the dining venues.
References to Tribal Culture
Our team and the tribes’ cultural committee went through an extensive design process to conceptualize and approve the interior finishes of the Fort Hall Casino. Referencing tribal imagery and elements of nature are highlighted throughout every area.
Snake River LED
The Snake River, which is an important feature in landscape and life, inspired the design of the ceiling light feature that spans the gaming floor.Our team utilized a lighting consultant to help with the physical creation and programming of the winding Snake River LED lighting feature that spans the gaming floor. They also consulted on the various layers and levels of lighting throughout the casino.
The design team’s scope of work included furniture elements like built-in booths. They worked closely with the tribe’s procurement specialist for the selection of additional FF&E for all the spaces.