design et al are pleased to announce Sims Patrick Studio have been further shortlisted in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2015. Their project, The Sonesta Philadelphia has been shortlisted for the Lobby/Lounge/Public Areas Award.
This custom-designed, boutique hotel combines functionality, modern details, traditional materials and references. It
becomes an interactive art showcase and full of exciting details that are enhanced by lighting: dramatic, bold, memorable,
interactive and sleek. The urban modern boutique hotel lobby is in itself a sculptural piece of art… a “jewel box” with a
striking street level appeal as well as a dramatic stage set on the inside.
It features a revolving art collection and is very interactive for the guest, representing the new and upcoming Philadelphia
vibe. To bring the “outside in” was a major driver in the development of the first level floor plan.
The condensed public space component provided the opportunity to craft the space with a saturation of design style. The
objective was to use patterns and materials found in business fashion to inspire the floors, walls, and focal points. The
spaces are open and inviting to the passersby.
There is a high level of detail and contrasting textures in accent walls and features. The lighting is designed to create zones that evoke emotions of surprise and whimsy as well as create a buzz, accenting art to create different moods as guests move through the lobby to the gallery to the coffee house and into their rooms.