The Tachi Yokut Tribe, originally a basket-weaving society, built its gaming industry over the past 30 years. The tribe later introduced table games and slot machines with great success, prompting the construction of a large casino in 1999. A 2003 expansion to the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino included a 255-room hotel with infrastructure for an additional 250 rooms.
With the addition of two table game pits, the Casino of the Sun and the Casino of the Moon, combined gaming areas include 1,200-seat bingo, 2,000 slots, and 24 table games. A high-limit room and sports bar are also located in the casino.
It was extremely important to the Tribe that both the casino and hotel design reflect its heritage. The design team met extensively with tribal elders to discuss and explore aspects of the culture, past, and present. Using these insights, the design team incorporated Tachi basketry, tule boat designs, tule reeds, and tule hut elements within the design of the floor and walls. The casino carpet patterns feature aspects of the organic nature of the tribal lifestyle, while the hotel carpet centers on a more modern theme of seedpods, tule reeds, and cotton, which many of the tribal members have worked within the community fields.
The curved form of the Hotel was drawn from the historical bases of the tule huts, which were made of woven tule reeds for housing adjacent to the water’s edge. This is all reflected within the hotel curving around the pool area, which serves as the community center.
The crescent-shaped hotel includes 40 deluxe suites, with 20 of those being two-story.
The project reflects the tribe’s identity and culture in its architecture. The design of each aspect of the facility was based around the Tachi Yokut fundamental cultural principles of earth, water, and sky to create a new and vibrant resort while maintaining the rich cultural heritage of the Tribe.
Culture Focused Design
The casino carpet patterns have aspects of the organic nature of the tribal lifestyle, while the hotel carpet centers around a more modern theme with seedpods, tule reeds, and cotton, which many of the tribal members have worked within fields of the facility. The extent of this tie to the past can be seen in the use of historical family photos of life at the edge of the water being used to adorn the walls of the hotel.
The design of both the casino and hotel were extremely important to the Tribe and it reflects its heritage. The design team met extensively with tribal elders to discuss and explore aspects of the culture both past and present. With this research, the design team was able to include Tachi basketry, tule boat designs, tule reeds, and tule huts elements within the design of the floor and walls.
Double Queen Room