|Sahara Square Poster by Matthias Lechner
Sahara Square; Zootopia’s Desert District home to The Palm, the city’s most fashionable hotel, and the Mystic Springs Oasis Naturalist Club. Here was where Judy Hopps caught her first glimpse of the City of Zootopia.
And now fill up your canteen, cinch up your pith helmet and lace up your desert boots. We’re off on an excursion into Zootopia’s hottest neighborhood.
Get your art after the break!
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Arriving in Sahara Square on the Bunnyburrow Express. (Concept Art)
|Sahara Square Arrival by Matthais Lechner
Passing by a local resident as he leaves for work; note the dune-buggy in the foreground. (More concept art.)
|Off To Work by Matthias Lechner
Architectural Study, Downtown Sahara Square. (Still more concept art.)
|Structural Studies, Sahara Square by Armand Serrano
Same idea, different artist. (More concept art )
|Sahraa Square Dwellings by Scott Watanabe by Scott Watanabe
More structural studies; now we’re getting out into the ‘burbs.
|Sahara Square Concept by Armand Serrano
Concept art of the climate wall. According to Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, it basically functions like a giant air conditioner. (If you’ve ever stood behind an A/C unit, you know that it puts out cool air on one side and warm air on the other.)
|Climate Wall Concept, Sahara Side by Armand Serrano
Concept art of the Palm Hotel, crown jewel of Sahara Square, along with some nearby buildings
|Palm Hotel Grounds by scottwatanabe
The Palm Hotel lobby. This is actually not a concept drawing but an art study based on a concept piece. Note the ramp on the left, to allow access to the bell desk for rodents and other smaller species .
|Hotel Lobby by Ying Ding by Ying Ding
|Hotel Suit by Matthias Lechner by [Matthias Lechner
|Palm Hotel Concept by scottwatanabe
Concept drawing of another Sahara Square landmark, The Mystic Springs Oasis, originally known as simply The Naturalist Club.
|Naturalist Club by Scott Watanabe
Concept art, Mystic Springs, interior.
|Naturalist Club Lobby by Scott Watanabe
Presiding over the front desk at Mystic Springs is everybody’s favorite laid-back dude, Yax. As you can see from this concept drawing, he was originally intended for a slightly different role in the film
|mystic_springs_oasis_by_monoflax by MonoFlax
|Yax’s Bedroom by imorolfe
Another familiar figure at Mystic Springs Oasis is Nangi the elephant, Mystic Springs’ resident yoga instructor. (Concept art)
|Nangi Concept by Cory Loftis
|Sandstorm by Adrian Berjillos Lopez by Corgi
“Go ahead, make my day.”
|Make My Day by greennightingale
Nick and Judy hanging out in Sahara Square. On either a dare or a bet, they’ve agreed to sample each other’s cuisine. He’s scarfing down a chocolate-covered carrot, while she’s munching some grilled insects. (She seems to be handing it a lot better than him.)
|date_in_sahara_square_by_Ziegelzeig by Ziegelzeig
Of course, not every trip to Sahara Square is a pleasure excursion.
|Sahara Square by SyuKka by SyuKka
Boy, is it not a pleasure excursion! Next time, guys, you might want to wear something a little more suited to the desert than blue serge.
|sahara_square_by_odajima by odajima
There, that’s better.
|outfits___sahara_square_by_frava8-db86thq by Frava8
And so, as the sun sinks slowly in the West, we bid a fond farewell to Sahara Square and the landmark Palm Hotel. (Concept art)
|Palm Hotel atTwilight, by Matthias Lechner
Nest stop, Tundratown!
|Looking North, Towards Tundratown by Disney Infinity Codes