BOKA Powell completed the architecture and interior design of the new Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park hotel, a four-star, 299-key, 262,500 square-foot conference center hotel in the Granite Park mixed-use development, developed by Granite Properties.
The hotel’s design is said to reflect nature and industry, as it pays homage to Plano’s origins as a farming and ranching community and celebrating its growth into a business center in North Texas.
BOKA Powell designed an open main lobby. Shared spaces include a framed cocktail bar adjacent to a technology lounge. The full-service Carso Mediterranean Grill includes communal dining tables to promote mingling, and a “Grab ‘n Go” café offers guests quick meal choices.
There is also an outdoor pool and lounge, an outdoor dining area, and a fitness center. Guest rooms and bathrooms incorporate upscale finishes and lighting, with stone countertops, custom sinks, lighted mirrors and back-lit mosaic tile.
From the linear lobby space, the walls curve toward the conference center and meeting spaces. The conference center’s design reinforces the connection to nature throughout the hotel, with sculptural forms, textured materials, and decorative lighting creating the settings. Light sculptures and architectural ceiling details emulate water and movement, referencing the water feature that surrounds the hotel property.
In the ballroom, the eye is drawn upwards to an organic, flowing ceiling and eight glass chandeliers that resemble waterfalls.
A pedestrian bridge links to the neighboring office buildings, including the new 300,000 square foot Granite Park IV, also designed by BOKA Powell. Heartland Payment Systems, telecommunications company Mitel, and Guardian Life Insurance signed major leases in the building.
The waterfront boardwalk also connects the office park and hotel to the 35,000 square-foot conference center at the Hilton, developed with public financing assistance from the City of Plano. A separate entrance on the north side of the property facilitates traffic flow for large events.
BOKA Powell is an architectural design, planning and interior design firm, with office locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas. BOKA Powell’s areas of focus include hospitality, commercial office, healthcare, higher education, urban residential and mixed-use planning and design. The build-out at Granite Park is being executed based on a master plan created by BOKA Powell. The firm designed Granite Park’s other office towers, known as Granite Park I, II, III and IV. Additional development for Granite Properties is currently on the boards.
All photos: ©2014 Erika Brown Edwards | BOKA Powell