Because of the restrictions directly apparent as a result of the lot size, a stacked floor plan was automatically considered. As a result the need for unique interpretations as to how the building would function were needed. The resulting interpretation was the Boutique Hotel with an emphasis of light and projection. Immediately upon entering the hotel the presence of wayfinding presents itself. The open lobby allows the guest to pan their surroundings and become aware of what the hotel has to offer. With the exterior cladding keeping an inward focus to the lobby, the informative ribbon flowing through the space becomes a focal point and part of the wayfinding technique for guiding guests through the hotel. Another device embedded into the ribbon are utilities and public functions which include, but are not limited to: HVAC, electrical raceways, benches, lights, tv’s, and other functional necessities of the hotel. As the ribbon leads each of the guests to their final resting place, their rooms, the motif changes from a simple material palette to a unique interpretation of the urban jungle. In this case the urban jungle has been interpreted as a black and white forested montage with light pouring into each of the spaces through a perforated rainscreen that acts as a canopy to the forest.
Status: School Project
Location: Denver, CO, US