Construction is under way on a $50 million makeover and upgrade of Hyatt Regency Dallas’ 1,120 guest rooms, bathrooms and corridors, with completion set for year-end 2012. Dallas-based Woodbine Development Corporation, original developer and asset manager of the hotel and adjoining landmark Reunion Tower, is managing the project.
The design team is lead by EDG Interior Architecture + Design of San Rafael, Calif., and CamargoCopeland Architects of Dallas. Seeking to capture the identity and personality of “new Dallas,” while aligning with the hotel’s exterior, EDG took an artistic and interpretive approach to creating the sleek new guest-room design.
“We selected iconic pieces of furniture, inspired by mid-century classics by Eames and Knoll, to play on the iconic nature of the hotel,” said EDG principal and CEO Jennifer Johanson. “The rooms offer different options for both work and relaxation, incorporating a lounge chair for reading and watching television, a comfortable desk chair, and a chaise lounge where guests can stretch out and soak in the fabulous city skyline views or watch a great Texas sunset on the horizon.
“We replaced traditional framed art with a sculptural, metallic wall screen extending from the headboard, and a linear ‘river mirror’ created from an abstracted image of the Trinity River. The mirror artfully integrates with the clean-lined millwork wall, which has a warm, taupe finish and includes a desk, bureau and mini-fridge enclosure. The framed, flat-screen, high-definition TV is flanked by a satin-lacquered tower that provides a tidy storage unit for room accessories.”
A richly colored landscape image featured in the art mirror also is woven into the hotel corridor carpeting. The carpet combines with new sidelight towers at the door drops to create a warm, glowing “candlelight” effect in the hallways. New graphics, signage and a state-of-the-art swipe entry system also are included in the transformation. The guest-room entry transitions from ceramic tile to neutral-colored carpet that features a tailored, urban pattern. The completely transformed bathroom is accessed via sliding, modern “barn doors” and includes a backlit mirror, a contemporary, freestanding vanity and an art collage of Dallas-inspired imagery screen-printed onto metal.