The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan debuted a multi-million dollar renovation of its conference level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms.
Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design was inspired by the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline. The designers chose materials that would reflect Grand Central, including silver and metallic wallcovering from Wolf Gordon and Koroseal. The silver and metallic, along with a brown-and-blue color palette, reflects the turn-of-the-century style of Grand Central Terminal.
The design also incorporates such elements as a barn door for a conference room and a custom drink case to encourage meetings guests to have a less formal office experience. The walls have artwork and photographs of Grand Central Terminal, curated to complement the interiors. Unlike in other projects where artwork is the last step of the design process, Nemaworkshop started with consideration of the art and chose photographs of this landmark that focused on abstract elements of the terminal, both inside and out. They also added new technologies, including a digital touch screen for wayfinding.