RIVER OAK DISTRICT - LE MERIDIEN HOTEL, Houston, Texas
Contributed while at Gensler || Completed: 2008 -
River Oak District – Le Meridien Hotel
The Le Meridien Hotel is a new 4-star concept focused on an elegant, sophisticated European sense of modernism, more discreet and understated than the fl air of its W Hotel counterpart. The use of Op Art concepts of patterning creates dynamic 3-dimensional readings of an otherwise highly efficient layout of hotel rooms. This concept of subtle play and optimized visual effect within an inexpensive modular system speaks to the understated style of the Le Meridien concept as whole. The shifting scales of patterning via precast concrete cells, in addition to masonry walls, garage louvers and fenestration throughout the rest of the podium and base transforms a predominantly 2-dimensional series of planes into a rich, multi-layered edge condition of communicating programs.