The architectural and urban design concept is “to impose articulated apertures (windows) on the hotel’s mass, such that their presence is commensurate with the quality of the view as seen from a guestroom and/or the character of the exterior’s public realm.” The can be seen in the south façade which provides for a monumental element (a 9-story, framed Picture Window) which contributes to a well composed elevation and simultaneously provides a gateway building at the northeastern edge of the downtown area. Moreover, the L-shaped horizontal metal bands (burnt ochre) “re-interpret its use” as a series of banded segments which form the balconies of the guestrooms. This approach provides for the “turning of the corner, continuity of the base, and the opportunity to celebrate the big Picture Window”. This elevation has a decidedly vertical composition as well as a soothing “fluidity in the glass.” Moreover, the picture window is angled to the southeast to capture the best available view.
The design parti for the new two-story hall needed to respond to several parameters, including its mass and scale juxtaposed to Harbor Drive, pedestrian access to the embarcadero, and the modern architectural character of the existing buildings. The design solution — axiality, de-composition, and simplicity — provides for an articulated glass curved-façade enclosing the “football-shaped” pre-function space of the ballroom level which “floats” over the first level exhibit hall. The orientation of the space is deliberately aligned with the Harbor Drive reflecting pool which is sited directly in front of the hotels “twin” towers. In order to reduce the perceived bulk and mass of the new hall, several architectural elements have been articulated; this would include the levitated east staircase, horizontal slit windows, and the “floating” grand staircase. Likewise, to promote an enjoyable pedestrian experience to the embarcadero, the curved façade of the hall is coupled with a colonnade of canopy trees which defines the Marriott-Hyatt walk. Using the “vocabulary” of the existing buildings — in particular, horizontal banding, high performance glass, curved geometry, architectural concrete and high quality stone, all contrasted with a lush, tropical landscape palette — the new hall is in concert with the overall composition of the site. For example, its cool simplicity can be seen in the north facade (Harbor Drive) whose second level is curved with horizontally striped multi-tinted glass and expressed mullions. This space is supported by eight metal clan columns while the majority of the building is clad in pre-cast concrete panels. Another example can be seen in the landscape program where the forecourt plaza and grand staircase of the hall is defined by palms (similar to Harbor Drive) along with its custom metal art piece.
The site plan distributes key programmatic components in a sensible manner across the 15,000 Sq. M. property, thereby promote ease of circulation around the Motor Court — it contains a Fountain at its center — and convenient drop off and pick up at the hotel’s Port O’cochre, as well as immediate access to the subterranean car parking garage which is sited in three levels below the Convention Center. long landscaped garden and promenade. This area provides for a variety of uses, including sitting and relaxing, pavilions for outdoor beverages and cooking, as well as a long lagoon swimming pool with Jacuzzi.
By its placement, the 40-story tower will command magnificent views of the city, new adjacent developments, and vistas to the River Tapi.
This 500 foot tall, 40 story tower features a 5-star hotel which contains a spectacular glass entry canopy, a vaulted lobby and exquisite entertainment lounge on the first floor sets the level of quality for the entire property. On the second floor are two restaurants which overlook the property and the River Tapi. On the third floor will be the business center and hospitality business suites. On the fourth through eleventh floors will be 150 premiere guest rooms while floors twelfth through nineteenth will contains 150 unit of condo-hotel. The upper portion of the tower, fourteen floors, will contain 50 private residences ranging is area from 3,000 SF to 5,000 SF. Above this level, the 34th floor is a sky-lounge and transfer point to the 40th floor which features a 9,000 SF rotating restaurant called “Sparkle”.
The Convention Center
This multi-venue Center, all on one contiguous ? oor, will contain public assembly space, including: a Grand Ballroom, a Junior Ballroom, and private meeting spaces. These program spaces are serviced by a Back-of-the-House structure containing kitchen, food prep, dish washing, storage and other related spaces some of which are situated in the parking garage below. The three levels of underground parking will accommodate approximately 300 automobile.
The Design Parti
Instantaneously, the Diamond Tower of Surat will serve as the landmark in an emerging urban precinct of the city. Presently, numerous upscale retail malls and housing developments are starting to de? ne the character of this sub-region of Surat. Given the location of this property near the Bank of River Tapi, a diamond topped, 500-foot hig obelisk, set in a rich cultural landscape, is the appropriate aesthetics for this high quality mixed-use development.
The site design concept focuses on eight landmarks surrounding San Diego Bay — the Point Loma peninsula, the lighthouse, the open mouth of the channel, North Island, the Coronado Bridge, the downtown core, the airport and the California Tower in Balboa Park. The placement and bending of the hotel's tower allow it to acknowledge these distinctive features while taking advantage of the views to the southwest and east.
The architectural concept addresses both the operational/functional uses and aesthetic requirements in support of a five-star property. The latter is realized in the two-story granite base, striped sandstone of the upper tower and villas, and serene landscape program of the grounds. The over-arching theme is for the guest to vividly recall having “breakfast with an F14, lunch with an aircraft carrier, and a night-time dinner with stars and the lights of downtown.”
The design theme centers on the architectonics of the site's maritime setting to produce a structure which reflects the image of both a sail and a lighthouse. The curved tower embraces a five story atrium that contains an array of retail shops and restaurants, and overlooks the marina. This voluminous space activates the terminus of the south embarcadero promenade.
The signature element of this development is the lighthouse
The design parti takes its lead from the two existing, curved, mirrored glass towers by adhering to the same palette of materials as well as the same radius of curvature for the new tower. By locating the new tower in front of and between the existing structures, the focus becomes an expanded porte-cochere that functions as the main distribution hub of this convention headquarters' hotel. In addition, the new tower, which faces Harbor Drive, will now afford a more robust softscape program with a dynamic waterfall, computerized water jets and lights.
At street level, the new porte-cochere, registration lobby, and two-story pavilion structure, containing a ballroom and exhibit hall that are each 30,000 SF, serve as the connector of new and old in a harmonious manner.
The design theme centers on uniting the city's morphology with the passive qualities of the waterfront, thereby promoting a rich pedestrian environment adjacent to the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. The tripartite facade is punctured by a three-story arched portico that celebrates the lobby and provides south facing vistas to the marina and views to the north of the proposed Sixth Avenue Park.
The signature element of this development is the top-story Grand Hall — a copper clad barrel vault with matching pentafoil windows focusing on the Pacific Ocean and the horizon.