As architects and designers, we thought about a sense of place and how to create local identity for an international hotel. Our contribution to the 54-story Hyatt hotel in Times Square included the design of the lobby, private dining rooms, conference areas, spa and gym facilities. With 7300 sq ft of function space, the hotel has a total of 487 rooms, including 49 suites and a Sky Lounge with rooftop terrace, known as one of the highest in New York City.
There is a conceptual dichotomy that co-exists between the desired serene respite of the hotel spaces in the densest and most vibrant technological array of this urban fabric. For us, this wasn’t about simulating NYC, but rather to contrast the existing fabric of New Yorks’ Times Square with its prehistory as a landscape.
With extended use of locality to include the idea of production in the hotel, many items were produced within 500 miles of the site, thus exceeding LEED standards - some much more locally. Sefina, Amuneal, Dmitri, and Ravi design, are among the exceptional local talent tapped for the hotel.
The international hotel recognizes and identifies itself with a sense of time and place and therefore the creation of Neon and Nature; this contrast was intended to inspire guests to think about place.
Creating an oasis-like experience, the lobby is layered with a continuous “wave” of bronze and walnut baguettes that direct guests to reception, concierge, elevators and the hotel restaurant. The wave curls across the ceiling plane, out to the exterior entry court strengthening the street connection and overlapping the zones of restaurant, bar, lounge and lobby, encouraging interaction.
The lights of Times Square encircle the rooftop Sky Lounge. Zones of mirror-polished stainless ceiling panels extend natural light into the space, and a variegated wood ‘trunk’ encompasses the lounge core. The ceiling panels are laser cut with a foliated pattern, creating a metal canopy of leaves at the top of the city, while reflecting the twinkling visage below.
The spa has a serene mineral-like quality. It was designed to be like an urban cave with surfaces clad with marble. Light is diffused through custom drapes, bringing natural light in with the continued layered “wave” idea from the lobby. Neutral colors mixed with bold dark tones help to divide rooms while horizontal lines on wall panels throughout the spa offers the cave like oasis.
The Hyatt Times Square hotel offers its urban identity of time and place with strategies emerging and contributing to unique spatial experiences, creating a new adaptation of nature lying between the natural and artificial.