GRAND HYATT WASHINGTON
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Enduring thirty years as one of D.C.’s largest hotels and commuter thoroughfare created a critical need for a fresh and welcoming lobby experience for guests and locals alike at the Grand Hyatt Washington. tvsdesign worked with the Grand Hyatt to bring back the luster and excitement to this historic property through clean and contemporary design while preserving the original architecture of the lobby. The lobby encompasses an area of approximately 40,000 sf and consists of a multistory chandelier in the atrium, a monumental stair and focal wall connecting the lobby and 1B levels and increased lobby floor slab. Design for the renovated lobby and meeting spaces is contemporary, yet warm and inviting. Custom furniture, fabrics and lighting enhance the design concept of an urban forest to provide a sophisticated, relaxing retreat for the traveler. Wood accents, crisp stone and a soft palette of various textures lend to a natural background, creating an environment in which guests can play, relax or work.
WOOD ACCENTS, CRISP STONE AND A SOFT PALETTE OF VARIOUS TEXTURES LEND TO A NATURAL BACKGROUND
DESIGN GOALS & STRATEGY
Because the space is used by thousands of people each week, the renovation would present multiple challenges. The designers needed to plan for minimal disruption and keeping the hotel lobby open during the renovation.
The scope of the project encompassed nearly 40,000 sf of public space and consisted of the 130-foot chandelier in the atrium, a grand staircase and focal wall connecting the lobby and 1B meetings space.
The hotel atrium was updated with small details like changing all materials from brass to bronze and stainless steel, reworking existing lighting, removing the original lobby fountain and connecting bridges. Without the fountain, the lobby area was dramatically different. New seating invites guest to linger and enjoy breathtaking views of the chandelier, with lights programmed to create a waterfall effect. This is the focal point for hotel visitors.
With the infusion of contemporary design elements, the Grand Hyatt D.C. now has a fresh feel and overall vibe. The lobby, which encompasses 40,000 sf consists of a multi-story chandelier in the atrium, a stunning, monumental stair and focal wall connecting the lobby and 1B levels and increased lobby floor slab. The design revamp for the lobby and meeting spaces is contemporary yet still warm and inviting. To enhance the design inspiration of an urban forest, wood accents, crisp stone and a soft color palette of various textures do the trick. Custom furniture, fabrics and lighting enhance this concept and lend to their goal of a natural background where guests can play, relax or work and it serves as the perfect atmosphere to provide travelers with a sophisticated relaxing retreat.