The site context provided our lighting designers an opportunity to preserve stunning views of the lake during the day and provide carefully designed views toward the hotel at night. Interior spaces, centered on the view towards the water, required well-shielded and strategically placed lighting to preserve those views. The distinct façade called for detailed application of uplights integrated into the façade to preserve the shoreline’s night time darkness.
To enhance the view of the hotel from the Lake at night, our lighting designers proposed architectural lighting on the north façade facing the lake. The building’s elements, pilasters, terraces and the broad copper roof are recomposed into clear signifiers through our use of light and shadow on the façade. Developing an expanded understanding of this northern facade allowed us to align our lighting approach with the project’s larger context, including the development's overall goal to grow to 6,000-person mixed-use community in the next few years.
Inside, the hotel provides high-level amenities and refinement. This is reinforced and expressed in luminescence through our wide usage of cove uplights and grazing wallwash fixtures that highlight rich interior surfaces. Throughout the interior we lit the spaces to elevate the material palette, treating the hospitality spaces to indirect washes of light that frame the architectural space.
On track for a LEED® Gold rating, this is the first four-star hotel near Sea-Tac International Airport and is situated minutes from Bellevue and Seattle.