THE PENNINSULA HOTEL , NEW YORK CITY, NY
Formerly the “Gotham Hotel”
Design the interior of a prestigious, newly gutted New York City hotel: spa, fitness center, pool; lobby, registration, concierge; cocktail lounges, restaurants; business center, meeting rooms, ballrooms; guestroom suites and a fifteen room Presidential Suite.
Model the NYC Hotel after the Paris Nova Park Elysee Hotel so that the Parisian ambiance would appeal to Arabian Royalty as well as sophisticated Europeans and New Yorkers.
The project had to be “fast tracked” to meet the grand opening date, and avoid incurring late penalties written into the construction contract. French designers, who did not speak English and new nothing about New York City codes or design documentation, were blended into the CFA design team because they understood the Nova Park culture. Narrow corridors presented difficult installation challenges.
The grandeur of the hotel was achieved with exotic woods from Africa, huge antique crystal chandeliers from Paris, classical marbles from Italy and restored original architectural moldings. Mystery and illusion in the suites was created by separating the sleeping area from the living room with partly mirrored, partly open trellis room dividers. Furniture, such as collapsible four poster beds, was custom designed in segments in order to be maneuvered down narrow halls and installed in the guestrooms. Security cameras were installed above ceilings to be lowered at the request of royal guests. Exterior lighting was designed to allow the building to be seen as part of the NYC skyline. The New York Times complimented the design of the hotel as fit for “…Chic Sheiks.”
HYATT REGENCY INDIANAPOLIS
Competition Winner Carol Franklin Associates, Inc.
Design the interiors of a hotel with a 20 story high atrium lobby. The hotel consists of 200 guest rooms, executive suites, ballrooms, meeting rooms, and multiple dining facilities. Special features of the hotel are a major shopping mall on the main floor and the Eagles Nest, a rotating restaurant atop the hotel.
Design the hotel under Prudential’s financial management and in accordance with Hyatt’s “Regency” hospitality design standards. Expand the Eagles Nest to increase the capacity of the bar and dining areas. Relieve Hyatt’s purchasing staff by assigning the purchasing responsibility to CFA.
The revolving restaurant had to be re-engineered to two levels in the space where it was originally one level. In the middle of the project the budget was cut in half. The project had to be “fast tracked” in order to be ready for the Colts opening football game of the season.
To create more space for the Eagles Nest an upper level was required. CFA worked with the original engineering company to modify the existing rotating gears and to add a staircase. To compensate for the reduced budget CFA adjusted the use of materials without impacting the design: brass tape was substituted for solid brass trim; oak veneer wall-covering was substituted for solid oak panels. The dining area was carpeted and a cork floor was installed in the bar. All items for purchase were heavily bid. In order to fully utilize the potential of the main floor shopping mall, CFA designed the hotel to appeal to local business men and women as well as visitors coming to see the Indianapolis Colts.