From the moment guests set foot in front of the Double San Francisco Airport, they are greeted with a complete re-concept of this existing 388 room hotel. Over 10,000 square feet front of house lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar required extensive demolition down to its structural grid of columns to allow unimpeded spatial flow and the penetration of natural light into the interiors. Another key goal was the ability of the guest to immediately orient themselves upon entering the hotel and be able to make choices as to where they would like to go quickly and without dependence upon identification and or directional signage
The general goal of opening the entire public space will allow the courtyard to not only become a source of light into the main public areas, but should make it more accessible to guests as an extension of the lobby, in effect allowing it to function at times as an outdoor living room as well providing seating as extensions of the food and beverage outlets immediately adjacent. The bar, restaurant and lounge should flow seamlessly into one another to create the feeling of a large living room adjacent to a beautiful outdoor green space.
The design styling for all of the public spaces was Northern California Modern and featured extensive use of natural materials such as stone flooring, warm wood plank floors, and custom woven area carpets to help define the various functions within what effectively became an open plan design allowing unimpeded flow amongst all of the activities in these newly energized spaces.