Arlington, Virginia (March 10, 2011) – Situated by the Potomac River, Reagan National Airport, the Metro, the railway and the highway, ForrestPerkins’ design approach to the Renaissance Capital View represents the evidence of motion inside as the interior architecture, furnishings, finishes and art celebrate movement in dynamic, subtle and sophisticated ways. The design flows from one stylish space to another encouraging visitors to explore, propelled by the exciting textures, colors and art found throughout the Renaissance.
“We want materials to have a conversation—the spaces are connected and rooms are rarely concealed within walls. A sense of movement is encouraged by form, materials, lighting, texture, color and art,” says Stephen Perkins, AIA, ISHC, principal of ForrestPerkins. This award-winning international architecture and interior design firm designed the public spaces including the lobby, restaurant, grand staircase, pre-function areas, ballroom and meeting rooms, as well as the Presidential, Hospitality and Luxury Suites, the Club Lounge and Fitness Center.
The core design team included Architect John Carhart, AIA, Lead Interior Designers Brooke Traeger, ASID, and Morriah Mryszuk, ASID, Director of Lighting Design Emlyn Altman, LC, IESNA, and Principal Stephen Perkins, AIA, ISHC. They all collaborated closely to create the spectacular interiors of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.
Carhart responded to the architectural geometry of the space when Cooper Carry, Architect of Record, turned over the base building plans. By working from a radius, Carhart designed sweeping arches on the ceiling and floor that make the lobby and restaurant flow together seamlessly. Coffers in the ceiling step down and then rise, undulating ripple designs flow across the terrazzo floor and a feeling of motion resonates throughout the hotel.
Aaron Kramer designed and sculpted Portal, the dramatic spherical sculpture made of wooden strips that hangs in the pre-function area outside of the ballroom.
Intriguing art greets guests the moment they step into the hotel and see Dance of the Forest, a steam-bent wood sculpture by Charlie Whinney, a British artist, who carved long ribbons of wood that curl, coil and intertwine with each other in beautiful loops. The whole airy sculpture is made from one beech tree that he cut down from his backyard in a remote village in England.
The guest services area delights visitors with Euphoric, an abstract digital print on canvas by MoodSpace that’s lit from above to suggest movement. The exceptional countertops on the reception desks remind you of long, thick blades of spring green grass frozen in ice. They top creamy Calacatta Sponda marble bases. The lobby is a concert of movement with curved chairs, some shaped like martini glasses and custom-designed Macassar ebony-backedsofas that gently curve and envelop. Long, gracefully-arched floor lamps feature tiered string shades. A soft,green-and-gold custom rug that echoes the same wave pattern that’s designed into the terrazzo floor beneath it rests underfoot. All suggest motion and encourage conversation and interaction.
The exciting Socci restaurant features a partial-height wiggle wall and a metal mesh curtain that divides the seating area from the open kitchen. The space itself adapts from day to night. The restaurant features a beautiful terrazzo bar in shades of coral, golden bronze, peach, tan and beige. Behind the bar, an innovative display transforms from morning to evening. It rotates 180 degrees and changes from a whimsical collection of coffee cup sculptures, Caffeine I-III and IV-VII, by Kevin Chambers, which is perfect for daytime, to a selection of spirits bottles, ideal for the evening.
No matter what time of day, the destination restrooms are sure to delight. The hallway leading to the restrooms off of the lobby is darkened with shadows of leaves, some blurred, some sharper, projected on the floor. ForrestPerkins’ Emlyn Altman collaborated with Adam Frank of Adam Frank Inc. to create a sense of adventure as one journeys through this passage with its tree-patterned wall coverings and play of shadow and light. Once inside the restrooms, one wall is ablaze in the oranges and golden tones of a sunset and the dark silhouettes of birds in flight. Mirrors above the vanity feature bird silhouettes that are lit and when a guest turns on the faucet, water flows in a sparkling red stream if it’s hot and a blue stream if it’s cool, thanks to ingenious lighting within the fixtures.
Another destination with an unexpected sense of adventure is the Presidential Suite, a modern, interactive space where a color scheme of blues and oranges, distinctive furnishings and a modern mood greet you. A chandelier of glass spheres over the dining table, for example, reminds you of champagne bubbles. The backs of two egg-shaped chairs have a fishnet feeling and are reminiscent of a hammock. A sculptural tub and Calacatta Sponda marble with inlaid glass strips gives the bathroom an ultra luxurious feel. Best of all, the exciting and eclectic Presidential Suite provides a spectacular view of the nation’s capital and all its surrounding energy and evidence of motion.