Brief: Completely renovate this former Loews Hotel on L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. located in a building design by I.M. Pei.
Concept: The L'Enfant Plaza Hilton design is inspired by the clean and contemporary modern aesthetic exemplified by the architectural style of I.M. Pei for all of the structures on L'Enfant Plaza, while recognizing that today's guests for the hotel embrace the notions of timeless luxury and youthful ambition in their outlook on lifestyle. Studio HBA's design creates a series of distinct venues located on an interior street and attempts to break down the rigid grid of the hotel through the use of sweeping edge lit curvilinear ceiling planes which gently guide the eye of guests and create the illusion of movement.
Reverse edge coves, continuous slots at columns that disappear into ceilings, and a series of rhythmic linear light slots that continue down wall faces all combine to create subtle unseen lighting effects that are integral to the architectural language of this modern tour de force.