One of the main challenges was hitting every environmental and energy objective without sacrificing the comfort of the guests or the aesthetic beauty of the building.
WSP worked with HKS on the design of the building’s exterior to achieve those goals. All guest rooms have deep overhangs that provide shading and movable screening to help shade the building when needed, or to let natural light into the room to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
“Because the design is so intricate and super clean, what is special is the attention to detail, and it is extraordinary,” said Chester Thompson, who led the architectural lighting design services throughout the project for WSP. “All of the dimensions, right down to the sprinkler heads, had to be located precisely.”
Those environmental details were equally important in other areas of the project.
For example, the air cooled variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system was chosen for its super-high efficiency.
“It consumes no water, which is very important in Southern California, an area that is susceptible to prolonged droughts,” See said. “Since the VRF system is low profile, we were able to tuck equipment away so that it does not impede the view for any of the guests.”
“Everyone involved with the project went through painstaking effort to prepare, then hide, the systems that make this a remarkable place,” added Lelet Serrano, who led the design and installation of the building’s electrical systems, including normal and emergency power service/distribution, lighting/lighting controls, equipment connections, grounding and fire alarm.