Fort Hall Casino

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.