Posted: Aug 20, 2013
- By Suzanna Koolidge
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CCS Architecture is pleased to announce that The Hyatt Regency Atlanta was awarded Best Restaurant Design at the HA+D Awards Ceremony (Hotel Architecture + Design) in Hong Kong.
This restaurant, lobby bar, and cafe are located in the mid-century (1967) Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, which was the first hotel with a signature atrium, designed by John Portman. In the spirit of the mid-century legacy of the building, the design for all three of these venues is modern, clean and intended to be timeless, while also being unique and warm.
Prominent and near the hotel entry is Sway (southern way), which is a large all-day restaurant, designed with an exhibition kitchen, plus a wine bar. The original restaurant, which was gutted, was just an extension of the lobby and had no positive identity. The new architecture that we created now has a façade, which are the wooden sections that establish a border between the atrium lobby and the restaurant itself. This creates a transition from lobby to dining that is still visually open and inviting.
The lobby bar for the hotel is called Twenty Two Storys, which is how many floors the atrium has from floor to ceiling. The design for this is distinctive from the lobby, yet fully open to foster as much flow into it as possible. Although the design is modern, the goal for this venue was to be a ‘modern tavern’. The wood finishes are darker and the layout is casual to foster individuals and large groups.