Architecture as Art
Published Date : 01 Jan 2010
PAN PACIFIC HOTEL SEATTLE DESIGN TURNS ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS INTO WORKS OF ART
When designers Hirsch Bedner Associates, leaders in worldwide hospitality interior design, took on the challenge of designing the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, they began by tapping into the hotel company’s Asian roots. Although Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts prides itself on managing properties that are each unique to their geographic location, Hirsch Bedners designers wanted to capture the warmth and hospitality of the company’s Asian influences, combining the best of the Pacific Northwest with the finest assets found across the Pacific.
“Our approach was to do something fresh and new for the Seattle marketplace,” says Michael Sandler of Hirsch Bedner Associates in San Francisco. “We designed the lobby areas and guest rooms to reflect the creative approach that Pan Pacific takes not only in its design of their hotels worldwide, but the service they provide their guests. Some of Asia’s most impressive interior design is built on the philosophy that less is more – the classic minimalist approach.”
That creative approach is first seen in the lobby, as architectural elements become art:
• Zebrawood, a dramatic striped wood with rich warm tones, is used throughout the property, including the walls of the lobby and in meeting rooms.
• A warm creamy-colored Jerusalem limestone was selected for the lobby floors and complements the rich warm tones of the zebrawood, making the lobby inviting even on rainy Seattle days.
• The elliptical staircase in the lobby appears to hang from the ceiling in front of the striking curved zebrawood wall.
• The mobile-like chandelier in the main lobby area gives a modernistic feeling.
• Limestone above the mantle of the lobby’s wall-sized fireplace is backlit to appear to float.
• The lobby lounge is a unique gathering place behind the lobby fireplace. This space features a collection of visually-appealing art books along with a wide range of the world’s finest Champagnes, sakes and specialty beverages.
• One-of-a-kind hand-blown glass art works from Seattle Glassblowing Studio are on display throughout the lobby. Guests can enjoy viewing the glass art that Seattle is known for as well as at the studio, which is just 5 blocks away, as they are invited to watch live glassblowing while browsing the gallery.
Meeting rooms were also treated with an artistic eye. Doors to each meeting room are made of zebrawood and this luscious wood continues throughout the 5,554 square feet of space. “Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle challenged us to make their meeting space as dynamic and creative as the public areas and guest rooms,” said Sandler. “We believe we achieved that with the use of the wood, the warm lighting, the incredible natural light and use of harmonious colors.”
As one continues into the 160 guest rooms, the designer’s sense of minimalism becomes wonderfully evident. Each room has a sense of harmony and tranquility. Colors are muted, but not dull; furnishings are modern, but not cold; and spaces are uncluttered, yet wonderfully warm. The guest rooms’ workspace features plenty of room to spread out without overpowering the rest of the room.
Soft tones continue in the 360 thread count Egyptian cotton linens and fluffy down comforter, as well as the down blankets. The soft wool throw makes stretching out in the cozy chaise lounge a true pleasure. Guests will sleep like royalty on the only bed warranted by the Queen of England, the Hypnos bed.
The bathroom is a stunning retreat. Zebrawood vanities hold one or two recessed sinks (depending on the room). Porcelain tile floors continue up the wall to the glass-enclosed shower and frame the European size bathtub (slightly larger with a peaceful oval shape). “One of the most exciting features of the bathroom is the shoji-style screens that separate the bath from the bedroom when closed, but open up to create a large suite,” says Sandler. “With the screens open, you can even watch your favorite movie on the 32” plasma screen while soaking in the tub.”
“Clearly every element of the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle has the Hirsch Bedner touch,” said Kevin Croley, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts. “Their approach matched perfectly with the philosophy of our hotel to provide a truly wonderful experience for the senses during every element of your stay. From the artistic approach to the architecture to the way we will approach catering, in-room dining, service with our Personal Steward, to wonderful aroma therapy, we want our guests to see the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle as a unique hotel experience.”
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
As Seattle’s premiere urban destination, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle features 160 superbly appointed guest rooms and suites with views of the city, Lake Union and Space Needle; plasma HDTVs; Internet radio; complimentary wireless Internet access; and accommodating working spaces. The AAA Four Diamond property also offers a full service fitness center, over 5,000 square feet of luxurious meeting and event space, 24-hour private dining and a sleek library lounge serving cocktails, meals and light snacks.
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle is part of the exclusive 2200 complex, featuring Vida Spa, John Howie's Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, Whole Foods Market®, Starbucks and many more retail outlets. The hotel is within walking distance of Seattle’s Central Business District, Nordstrom’s flagship retail store, upscale Pacific Place and scenic Lake Union and is now conveniently connected, by the Seattle Streetcar, to nearby Westlake Center and South Lake Union Park.
For more information or to make reservations, call 877-324- 4856.
About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a leading hotel management company in the Pacific Rim and is part of Hotel Plaza Group, the listed hotel subsidiary of UOL Group, one of Asia’s largest hotel and property companies. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, AAA Four Diamond Award, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. It has a portfolio of 18 hotels, resorts and serviced suites throughout Asia and North America, with offices in Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance. For more information, visit panpacific.com
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