Pelican Hill Resort

Newport Beach, California

Client Irvine Company

Collaborators Altevers Associates, Andrew Skurman Architects, Robert Hidey Architects

Pelican Hill occupies 504 magnificent acres of terraced hillside rising above the Newport Beach coastline. Blending the principles of Italy’s renowned Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, with casual California elegance, the ultra luxury resort provides accommodations of bungalows, suites, and private villas alongside five restaurants, a spa, pools, and 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed championship golf. Burton Studio’s challenge was to create a harmonious balance between the epic scale of the architecture, the grand public spaces, and the intimate private areas of this superb property. One notable response was our team’s development of The Coliseum Pool, a perfect 136-foot diameter ring featuring more than one million hand laid glass tiles, that is set within an amphitheater of terraced decks and private cabanas. Each aspect of the resort was meticulously designed and detailed to offer a seamless, calming and effortless experience.