How Queens inspired Krause Sawyer’s design for the New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott

New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott, located right next to the airfield, completed a six-month, $30-million full-scale property renovation of its 443 guestrooms and suites, the property's exclusive MClub lounge, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, and 19,000 square feet of public spaces, including the newly opened Ditmars Bar and Grill.

New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott's new look and feel, imagined by SoHo-based hospitality design firm Krause Sawyer, was inspired by the tagline "Global. Local. Distinctive," meant to celebrate Queens' marriage of over 120 nationalities and cultures. The inspiration can be seen in the use of patterns, textiles, colors and art from all over the world.

MLG Architects was also involved in the renovation of the property.

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The renovation coincides with a reinvention of the 80-year old LaGuardia airport and surrounding areas that includes a new look, as well as improved access to the facility.

The lobby was completely reconfigured, with the reception area now with a mix of textures, details and patterns in a vibrant color palette. The communal areas have leather chairs and wooden benches. The seating areas were enhanced by metalwork, textile art and rugs, while the greeting desks were framed by a lit wall inspired by traditional Greek ionic columns and Chinese-inspired light fixtures.

The guestrooms use natural tones, rendered with textiles that contrast with organic wood touches.

A fully redesigned Great Room has architectural elements included throughout, including butcher block end cut wood tiles and hand carved metal screens suggestive of metal work throughout the ages. An art wall features woven works, capturing the essence of the craft, as well as a bar of eco terrazzo stone slabs.

The MClub has custom tilework, as well as ceramic sculpture surrounded by graphic patterns in African mudcloth and indigenous textiles, with hand-carved and hand-painted printing blocks lining the walls of the bar.

Photo credit: Krause Sawyer

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