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Above: Solace from the urban chaos outside is found in the white leather sofa of the book-lined library. Opposite page, from top: A trio of pod-style desks in front of laser-cut silk sheer walls offer guests a welcoming check-in experience; the dimly lit lounge with urban club chairs encourages lingering.

The lobby of the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel was, according to John Nelson, principal of Dallas-based Looney & Associates, essentially a waiting room. “We spent a lot of time on the plan to change the way the lobby was used,” notes Nelson, who oversaw the renovation of the space. Whereas guests considered the public space a mere thoroughfare in the past—it’s located across the street from a mall—Nelson’s objective was to get them to linger instead by creating a number of intimate, engaging components. A communal table morphs into a de facto office. The extended quartzite bar becomes a perch for enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail. Urban club chairs in the dimly lit lounge take the place of the boardroom. And, in the hushed library, solace is found sinking into a white leather sofa underneath a 24-arm Murano glass chandelier with a book. One alluring aspect of the space is the front desk—“three angled floating pods to greet guests”—which Nelson points out “is a much more friendly, casual” alternative to traditional registration desks that often serve as a barrier between staff and guest.

This transformation was not easy for Nelson’s team. “There were a lot of existing conditions we couldn’t tear down. We had to address the spaceframe. The skylight atrium made it look like a gymnasium,” he points out. One way of maximizing the space restraints was by ripping out the mirrors and focusing on design elements at eye level to draw attention away from what was above. Materials such as glass, in the form of custom Italian lamps or a backlit wall, were key elements. “The back wall is comprised of laser cut silk sheers, and we uplit and downlit them; it’s all texture,” Nelson explains. Curating artwork that “related to our global aesthetic” was also crucial, adds Nelson. An LED installation in the hotel’s vestibule melds historic and modern-day scenes of the capital, the Smithsonian gets the Pop Art treatment, and the centerpiece, sculptor Brad Oldham’s Contemplative Space, nods to the capital’s iconic cherry blossoms. His towering steel sculpture features 300 handblown glass flowers, a hand-applied bronze finish, and, according to Nelson, “redefines the new lobby.” hd www.looney-associates.com; www.marriott.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November 2011

Hospitality Design - November 2011
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Trends
Forecast
Interview
Interview
Jono Pandolfi
Michelle Bergeron
Chris Hardy
Fumiaki Odaka
Tania Johnson
Textiles
Bathroom Goodies
Surfaces
Flooring
Hotel Americano
Hotel Lautner
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Renaissance Washington, DC
Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
La Pensione
Back Space
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Intro
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hospitality Design - November 2011
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover2
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 1
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 2
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 3
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 4
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 5
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 6
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 7
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 8
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Contents
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 10
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Online Contents
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 12
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 13
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 14
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 15
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Show Director
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - People
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - People
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 70
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 73
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 74
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Forecast
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 76
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 79
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 80
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Jono Pandolfi
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 82
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Michelle Bergeron
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 84
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Chris Hardy
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 86
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Fumiaki Odaka
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 88
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Tania Johnson
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 90
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Textiles
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 92
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 93
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 94
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 95
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 96
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Bathroom Goodies
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 98
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 99
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 100
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 101
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 102
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Surfaces
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 104
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 105
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 106
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 107
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 108
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Flooring
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 110
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 111
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 112
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 113
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Americano
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 115
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 116
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 117
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 118
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 119
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Lautner
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 121
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 122
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 123
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 125
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 126
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 127
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Renaissance Washington, DC
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 129
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 130
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 131
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 133
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 134
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 135
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - La Pensione
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 137
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 138
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 139
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 140
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 141
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 142
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 143
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Back Space
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover3
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