Case Study: Miraval Resort and Spa

Miraval Resort, an exclusive spa, outside of Tucson Arizona has worked with Shade Industries on several projects over the years. On our forth project for them, they had a rather unique shade need. This past summer we completed a 7200 square foot shade project at their on-site ranch.

The Miraval Equine Experience ™ is a specialized program developed by Miraval. In the program, guests and horses are around the edge of the fence in an arena and moving around a 60' round pen. We were asked to design shade to cover the 60' round pen (with the seating area next to it, spans 72') and more than 60 linear feet of the edge of the arena without having any steel within those areas as to hinder horses and guests. They had looked into some more traditional options; however, they were not in keeping with the image of the resort, and felt confining and out of place in the surrounding desert and mountains. Also, they would have been required to make changes to their existing layout to accommodate ready-made structures.

We designed a 12 shade sail "pinwheel" to cover the round pen. Each sail is actually different in size and shape due to the non-symmetrical shape of the round pen with seating and obstacles near the area. The poles seen here are more than 22' out of the ground and were rusted on site in keeping with the Southwest design of the resort. Also, we had the resort's logo laser cut into the steel. The arena and seating area next to it, were shaded using a cantilever design in which the sails project more than 12' into the arena. As you can see in one of the pictures, there was a light post, which we had to fabricate the sail around, to keep the continuity of the design. Miraval chose our Desert Sand shade cloth for the entire project.


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