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Rome, Italy

15 Aug

A video I made after I spent 5 months in Italy, such great memories!

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Hyatt Regency Renovation after Hurricane Katrina

1 Aug

The June 2012 Issue of “Architectural Products” featured an article about the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.  The hotel was was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and taken under a $275 million renovation a few years later by Looney and Associates.

Looney’s Design is illustrated in the article:

“We wanted to make sure we captured some of the dynamic nature of New Orleans, but not in a predictable or trite way. Our goal was to minimize the things that dated the property and maximize the things that made it modern.”

As the article says, the renovation included revitalization of the existing 1,200 room guest tower and the addition of a new two-story adjacent building that houses the hotel’s new entrance and grand ballroom.

The Hyatt Regency served as the city’s headquarters during the peak of Hurricane Katrina, as the property was used to move evacuees from their homes to the neighboring Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Under new ownership and a highly, re-developed renovation the Hyatt Regency re-opened its doors in October 2011.

“Great Lobbies”

25 Jul

Hospitality Design Magazine featured “Great Lobbies” in their magazine almost a year ago. Searching the internet, these images and their concepts caught my eye.

 

Hilton Anatole in Dallas, designed my San Rafael-based EDG, resembles a town center, active day and night.

Hilton Anatole Food and Beverage component has a grab & go counter which increases revenue while offering guests an immersive experience.

Hilton McLean – After a $40 million renovation by Atlanta firm, TVS. The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner now features an 18-hour bar with a sculptural light element that morphs the space from day to night

Holiday Inn lobbies have been transformed into Social Hubs complete with modular furniture.

This Holiday Inn breakfast area transitions into a bar to keep guests on site and increase social interaction.

Le Meridien in Barcelona has a new lobby concept, called Latitude Bar, serving coffee and food by day and wine at night.

Last by not least, my favorite out of all of these. 

The TRYP by Wyndham, located in the heart of Times Square in New York City, has a new select-service brand geared towards younger audiences, is nicknamed Plaza Central. The design, by BBG-BBGM, is known for postcard lights and chesterfield sofas.

Hotels are now all about interaction, the TRYP encourages this by featuring a communal table, bar, library, and gastrobar.

 

http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/galleries/Projects-172.shtml#

#1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S.

18 Jul

On Monday, July 9th, Travel + Leisure’s feature director Nilou Motamed announced on the NBC Today Show that The Osprey is the #1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in the magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards Reader’s Survey.

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and….guess who designed it?? LOONEY AND ASSOCIATES! (where I’m interning!)

“The Osprey at Beaver Creek, formerly known as The Inn at Beaver Creek, offers 45 luxurious accommodations and two penthouse residences, sophisticated alpine-chic decor, a hotspot social scene, and posh-yet-playful services and amenities. The boutique hotel features The Osprey Lounge with a tapas-style menu, outdoor heated pool with lounge seating, a fire pit and full bar service. Guests can utilize a fitness facility with steam room and sauna, ski valet and ski storage, plus personal concierge services.”
(http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

The Osprey was highlighted for its charming, chic luxury, its après ski scene in the winter, and the variety of activities available in the summer. As well, compared to the other resorts featured the property’s affordability was called out.

“The Osprey’s sophisticated design incorporates warm colors and richly textured surfaces (including leather, birch, iron and onyx) made from locally sourced stone, indigenous metals and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Water-efficient plumbing and energy-efficient lighting fixtures further showcase the hotel’s commitment to the environment. Dallas-based architect and design firm Looney & Associates created the hotel’s new, modern look.” (http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

Anyways, thought this was super cool so that’s why I am sharing! Hope you enjoy it too! Go to Beaver Creek and stay there!

Summer Internship

17 May

I am so blessed to have been offered a summer internship at Looney and Associates in Dallas, Texas. I am in love with the work they do and couldn’t be happier that I get to work on their projects and learn from them this summer!

Looney and Associates is an Architecture and Interior Design firm that specializes in Hotels and Resorts! Offices are located in Dallas and Chicago!

Since I was little, I have been interested in hotel design, it may even be what sparked my interest in Interior Design! With my family owning 3 hotels in my hometown, I got to experience the process of them being built.  My dad always took me to the construction sites and I’m sure I complained about it, but I’m glad he made me go. Even though I was young, I can still remember small details in the construction and interiors.  My dad always had boards with carpet samples on them in his office, trying to pick out the best color choice for the hotels. That is one thing I remember.  After seeing these hotels being built and even working in one in high school, I feel like I have a high understanding of hotel design.  There is something about knowing what all went into the spacial layout and design and getting to see the stuff the public doesn’t see.

Here is one of my favorite projects by Looney and Associates, The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel in San Francisco, California

Also, I had the opportunity to stay in the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California in 2008. The Hotel del Coronado is a very old hotel but some villas are newly renovated, this is the part that Looney and Associates has designed! I had just started Interior Design back then and as I am always mesmerized with hotel rooms and take pictures of them all, I remember walking in the very, spacious hotel room and saying, “Wow! this is amazing!!” I loved everything about it! Come to find out, when I was applying for internships I was drawn to this firm because I had stayed in a hotel they had designed!!

My goal for the future is to go stay in as many hotels that Looney and Associates has designed and hopefully one day I’ll get to stay in a Hotel that I helped design!! Can’t wait!

Check out the website and view the rest of their projects!

http://www.looney-associates.com/

Sailing Center, Positano, Italy

11 May
Check out Ryan’s senior thesis project! Ryan is graduating from the University of Tennessee today with a degree in Architecture and a minor is medieval studies, the first architecture student to graduate with this minor! haha He is graduating with honors at the top of his class, couldn’t be more proud of him!
Passage defines the movement of one from one place to another. It can be expressed by ways of transit and migration, and it is this motion that plays a role in how we express ourselves as individuals. Architecture forms the connection that creates the dialogue between people to not just one another but also to place. Through shared experience, the relationship between the individual to the community fosters a strong connection to place. Through this connection, one is able to develop, and pass from apprentice to master, becoming intrinsically tied to site through experience.Sailing excites the senses and develops a strong connection to site through experience, but be assured that the whole science of sailing is not put into practice perfectly by any individual save after much habituation and long experience. In sum, correct operation has its principles in the activity, and following the way of demonstration depends on a twofold habit; what is knowable and teachable. This comes in the intellective mind and from experimental habit acquired through the exercise of the activity upon particular cases. This habit is teachable, but as something to which one can become accustomed, and then the practitioner is made perfect. One must govern what is committed to you not by following necessary and permanent rules, but by weighing contingent and variable factors.The program of the Sailing Center is perfect for exploring this thesis because it brings up issues of the social club. How can you design something so exclusive in nature, so that it allows for a bond between people to place without alienating? I have chosen to explore this thesis in the medieval town of Positano, Italy. The population of the town fluctuates with the season as tourists pour in from all over the world. Engaging the tourist with the locals while embracing the natural beauty of the site provides the perfect place for creating authenticity; exploring the passage as one moves from land to sea, tourist to local, apprentice to master.

Ryan got to pin up in the gallery for another presentation after he got nominated as a semi-finalist for the Tao Sigma Delta Student Design Awards!

Check out his website and blog here!

http://www.cavanaugh.pro/

NYLO Hotels. Luxury Loft Boutique Lodging.

26 Apr

This past weekend my mom and I took a little trip down to Dallas to run some errands and sign lots of paper work!! :))) My family owns hotels so I always stay in the standard hotels…hampton inn, holiday inn express, quality inn, and so on. I stay there because I get discounts and who doesn’t love discounts.  Well, I’ve always had a love for boutique hotels, which are amazing! I’ve only seen most on the internet and been in a couple! One being the Hotel ZaZa in Uptown Dallas, which I didn’t take many pictures off and this hotel, The NYLO.  If you have never stayed in a NYLO you need to!!! It was amazing! I knew it was going to be cool because some people I know had stayed there before but seeing it for my own eyes was so cool!! I’m not sure if it was because I’m interested in Interior Design and I’ve learned so much the last few years, but I really pay attention to it now! If I would have been allowed to design a boutique hotel for my senior project, I would have done it 100% better than my spa project!

The NYLO Hotels are located in Plano, Texas (that is this one that Im blogging about!), Dallas,/Las Colinas, Providence, Rhode Island, and opening up this summer there will be one in Dallas Southside (which they said is downtown)!!

Check out the website http://www.nylohotels.com/

I love the branding for the NYLO everything is branded the same way down to the soap, shampoo, etc. I am somewhat into graphic design so this caught my eye!

The arrival space

love the exposed ceilings

small nooks off to the side with simple curtains

Hallway down to the hotel room! Very plain but I love it! Im a simple kind of person!

Fell in love with this artwork down the hallway on the main floor! this was located on the wall across from the meeting rooms leading down to the bar area.

Signage….I love how big and simple it is!

Another seating area with a rug that matches, this was used way more than I expected in the amount of time I was in the hotel!

In the bar area, breakfast/bunch area in the mornings

It’s all about the detailing! look how cool the tables are!

Now to the bedrooms! I am in love!! I loved the light fixtures

The brick accent wall and the side concrete walls are covered with curtains to soften the space

The bed, yes I was on the floor checking out the construction of the bed. The floor is concrete and around the bed and seating area are rugs.  I thought that because concrete was used it would be cold but it wasn’t at all, and it was even chilly outside! The concrete flooring had a normal warm temperature and my mom said she noticed how it was warmer around the bed!

Sitting area in the bedroom

Door to the bathroom, I love the industrial, modern fee

The top of the shower is exposed and open into the rest of the room (the shower is that rounded piece of glass)

The lighting in the bathroom is perfect for putting on makeup!

I love how the mirror extends into the shower!

Our stay at the hotel was one to remember and I hope I get to stay in one again!! I hope these hotels continue to grow and expand all over the u.s. and the world! I loved the atmosphere and the bed was even comfortable!! I didn’t feel like I was in a normal hotel and I loved that!

If you have a chance to stay at a NYLO, DO IT!! You won’t regret it!

The designer of the space is Stephane Dupoux with Dupoux Design

Eighty-Six Bar & Restaurant

23 Apr

Last spring break I took a break from Italy and traveled to Paris and London with my dad.  In London, I met up with one of my best friends, Allie Reese who lived there at the time. She suggested that we go a restaurant called, Eighty-Six.  Of course we said, Sure!, if someone that lives in town recommends a restaurant it must be good right? Well not only was the food delicious,  I was immediately awed by the interior design of this restaurant.  This 3-story restaurant starts with the ground floor that serves as the cocktail bar,

“the first floor dining room is a sensuous space bathed in alluring gold leaf. Charlotte Cory portraits from yesteryear have been brought to the future with the superimposition of various animal heads providing diners with a glamorous atmosphere. The restaurant absorbs the buzz from the ground floor bar through the open gallery in the middle of the room.”

And the second floor is the perfect party space for private dining.

“Designed with versatility and enjoyment in mind, the elaborate second floor space is entirely self-contained, with a private bar, waiter, loos, iPod dock and two atmospheric fireplaces. It’s ideal for private dining, cocktail parties, intimate gatherings and corporate events.”
Designed by DesignLSM –

The brief was to create a venue that appealed to its local Fulham and Chelsea residents for different occasions.  The interior should incorporate an informal stylish bar to the ground floor level and restaurant to the perimeter mezzanine allowing visual interaction between the 2 spaces. The completed look and feel of the space should be one of quality and discreet glamour.

More space was created for the front of house section by removing the existing large island bar and relocating it to the left hand side of the room.The ground floor has long charcoal velvet chesterfields with a backdrop of black lacquered random sized panels and a beautifully finished mirror polished steel bar as a centrepiece. Floors are a mixture of dark woods, mosaics, and a central featured inset rug.

The mezzanine level has a slightly more informal feel with a backdrop of glamorous gold panels cladding the walls. A playful use of angled gilt mirrors gives the impression of a high ceiling and creates different perspectives around the room.

The mirrors on the ceiling were to die for!!!
I love the simple detailing on the wall!
yes! ghost chairs with cushions!
The vanity lighting along the top of the wall, so cool!
I love everything about the design of this restaurant and hope that one day I get to design something like this!! I am so glad Allie took my dad and I here!

Mist Medical and Wellness Spa Part 2

16 Apr

It’s done!! My senior project is done!!! yay!!! As this post is being publicized, if the time slots went like planned today I am presenting my project at this moment! These are my final presentation boards minus the large floor plans and section that I showed in the last post! The bottom 4-5 boards are 16″x20″ material boards with the actual materials that are shown in the spaces. Pictures just don’t even do these boards justice because they are full of depth and weight! They are much cooler in person! Take a look at the last picture as I tried to show some depth in it! Hope you enjoy! :)

This time last year….

6 Apr

As I try to keep my sanity finishing up my project, I had to think of something that makes me happy!  I thought of what I was doing at exactly this time last year compared to what I am doing this year.  Doesn’t even compare!

Ryan and I and few of our friends jumped on the train for 10 Euro and took off to Positano, Italy and the Isle of Capri! What an amazing weekend! It was so relaxing, just what we needed!

This year I am slaving away on two to three computers going cross-eyed and losing my mind because of lack of sleep, but its worth it because I am almost done with school! yay!

Ryan is a senior architecture major at the University of Tennessee this year.  He is designing a sailing school on a site in Positano, Italy. I will post about it after his project is complete! It’s pretty cool!