Ballroom redo: Park Hyatt Washington20 Jun, 2011 By: Adam Leposa
On July 5, the Park Hyatt Washington will begin a renovation of its ballroom level, aimed at transforming the area into a flexible event and meeting space. The renovation is scheduled for completion September 1.
The new space will be named the Gallery, and it will comprise the hotel’s entire lower level of event and meeting space. New areas will include the Gallery Foyer, Gallery Lounge, Gallery Ballroom, the Drawing Room and the Salon.
Gonzalez Architects and Jane Dillon Design Group are set to spearhead the project, and they aim to incorporate the look and feel of the hotel’s distinctive lobby and guestrooms into the design of the ballroom and meeting spaces, which celebrates and interprets “American artisanship.”
Just off the main lobby corridor, guests will first enter the new event space through a new Gallery Lounge. This pre-event area is a large alcove that affords guests the opportunity to mix and mingle in a softly lit, intimate space with leather-upholstered walls. It has a 150-guest capacity and includes a bar area with wine displays.
Above the Gallery Lounge is a wood-clad grand staircase. Softly illuminated lacquered panels and a striking artwork installation that commands the two-story accent wall will greet guests. The installation, entitled “The Continental Army,” is by Vicci Waits, and it is envisioned as an array of canvas pieces in regimental order, evocative of soldiers of the American Revolution. This patriotic display ties the hotel into the local Washington, D.C. setting. The stair landing also sports fifteen-foot mirrors to create a feeling of vertical energy.
This entry point to the meeting evokes the concept of a gateway with portico entrances of rich wood that hearken back to early American building traditions. The carpet is a modern interpretation of the geometric patterns of American quilts, with a natural color scheme that showcases the space’s extensive use of woodwork.
The furniture in the pre-function area is a set of original pieces designed to continue the theme of American craftsmanship. Nesting tables allow for multiple event configurations, while a second seating area with white leather club chairs gives guests a space for informal conversation as well as a chance to catch up on their email.
Even the Gallery and Mezzanine level restrooms will be redesigned with many of the same design elements found throughout the new space. Warm, theatrical lighting highlights feature elements and brings contrast to select spaces.
The redesigned meeting spaces will feature an integrated audiovisual system with concealed LED screens in the walls and ceilings to allow for maximum flexibility in event configurations. These new Salon rooms will be able to accommodate 40 to 250 guests for receptions and 30 to 180 for banquets.
The new Gallery Ballroom will have a capacity of 300 for banquets and 450 for receptions. Its hanging light system accommodates hung equipment, lighting, screens and other elements. It will also boast the ability to be subdivided into three separate spaces.
The Park Hyatt Washington is located in the West End Georgetown neighborhood, near Embassy Row and the Smithsonian Museums.
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