Hospitality

Beatrix Restaurant, Fulton Market, Chicago

Bring the Outdoors In

When it comes restaurant design, Marc Jacobs, executive partner and divisional president, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is the expert. He has done it 18 times—successfully. Jacobs says he specifies flexible doors, walls and windows to match the unique ambiance he creates at each restaurant. “Our goal as restaurateurs is to bring the outside into the space. It’s all about harnessing energy in our space and flexible windows and doors help you do that,” said Jacobs. “In every space that I have, we try to add an element of flexibility to our exterior walls to allow for openness, and grow the energy—essentially bringing the outside in.”Jaco

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Hotel Zachary, Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood Inspiration

A boutique hotel in the heart of Wrigleyville, Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago’s North Side.  Located just across the street from Wrigley Field, the hotel is certainly a hot spot during Chicago Cubs’ home games, but also attracts guests for its fine dining options, state-of-the-art meeting areas—like the American Airlines Conference Center—and entertainment and shopping options at Gallagher Way. When the boutique hotel was built in 2018, it only had to look across the street to Wrigley Field for inspiration for its commercial restroom products. Hotel Zachary sports a timeless design throughout the facility, drawin

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Democracy Brewing, Boston, Mass.

Old-World Brewpub Mixes Charm with Boston Character

Having a reclaimed wood appearance, the brewery team needed flooring that would stand up to heavy foot traffic. Former economic justice organizer-turned-brewer, James Razsa, and veteran brewer, Jason Taggart, opened up the brewery in 2018. Razsa, Taggart and their team wanted to establish a brewery that blended old-world brewpub charm with classic Boston character. Democracy opened for business on the Fourth of July—fitting for a brewery that describes itself as celebrating “Boston’s rowdy revolutionary history from the 1700s to the present.” “We wanted the luxury vinyl to have a reclaimed wood appearance. The color fit in seamlessly with the other des

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New Belgium Brewery, Asheville, N.C.

Creating a Culture of Performance

The goal of creating a culture that is true to New Belgium’s mission is what made translucent sandwich panels such a prominent feature of the company’s brewery in Asheville, N.C. “Culture isn’t what you say; it’s about what you do... We believe that our dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets us apart.” This is the message the people at the New Belgium Brewing Co. want you to know about them and the way they foster a productive and engaged workforce.

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Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Creating a Visual Voyage

Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. Update the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

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Adding Acoustics

Gettys Group design for the lobby of the Godfrey Hotel in Boston illustrates the importance of supplementing a surface’s discussion with an acoustics addendum. The design and materials exemplify a chic method of dampening acoustics in an open lobby setting. The hotel’s proximity to the harbor and the importance of the Charles River inspired an understated nautical theme. “We really enjoyed working on the lobby feature wall behind the check-in desk,” recalls Ben Nicholas, Design Principal “We added Soundwave Bella felt acoustic panels to the back wall, which are a nice contrast to the many hard surfaces throughout the lobby.”The panels on the wall

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Silent Growth

The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood features a touch of greenery in the guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the outdoors inside. The 25-ft., custom green wall in the lobby made from Banker Wire I-21 creates a woven fixture screen and custom welded wire mesh hanging baskets for vegetation. The vertical wall blends industrial elements with natural ones against a backdrop of concrete and steel and is laid out in such a way to ensure that vegetation can grow organically over the canvas. 

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Science Meets Art at Luxury Chicago Hotel

As the name implies, Hotel EMC2—as in Albert Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence or E=mc2—is a science-themed hotel. Located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, it was designed to be inspired by science, art and cuisine. KOO Associates was asked to develop a tower façade that fit a hotel-room module, introduce a diagonal geometry to the façade and use a subtle but identifiable color range to make a pattern, explains Kevin Parzych, architectural designer for KOO and Assocs. The architects did consider brick veneer, but the metal wall panels were a lighter, more dynamic option. The Dri-Design metal panels also offer rainscreen capabilities, meet NFPA 285 and have a w

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Big Screen, Bright Lights

Framed in a lantern-like glow of a new curtainwall, the Odeon Theatre’s façade is the signature feature of Bh2, a sprawling cinema and leisure complex in the heart of the English seaside city. A new curtainwall flanks the Odeon Theatre’s main signage, giving it the symbolic feel of two large screens that hint of the cinematic excitement inside. The Odeon features 10 screens, reclining seats and a play area for kids in front of select screens. The concession area looks like something dreamed up at the Willy Wonka Candy Co.

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Casino Resort Goes 'All In' with Glass Partition

Labeled the most popular gaming facility in Northern California, Cache Creek Casino Resort offers its patrons an extensive amount of gaming, attractions and amenities, all within a luxurious environment. Cache Club members receive unparalleled luxuries, benefits, promotions and perks. There’s a reason why it’s the most sought after gaming destination in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area. In the VIP Reception Area, members are welcomed by an extravagant decorative glass partition.

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