Electric Light Hotel - Design Bureau

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Execution
“Thomas Roszak was a pleasure to work with because he wanted to create something that stands out from the crowd,” says Bernd Rennebeck, president of Specialty Structures & Installations, a Florida-based company that assists architects in researching, selecting, and installing the best products for their projects. With its larger-than-life aesthetic, the InterContinental Hotel project required the help of Rennebeck and his team at Specialty Structures in order to ensure that complicated structural elements within the design could be properly executed with quality materials. “We prefer to work on unusual projects where we can use our experience in many different disciplines of construction,” he says. “In the near future we will be installing 7,000 linear feet of LED lighting on a 500-foot-tall steel tower in Dallas. We are always looking at new technologies to improve the reliability and efficiency of our installations.”

 

 

Electric Light Hotel

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Margot Brody
Photos by Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing 2012

It takes a lot to stand out in a city known for its parties and wild ways, something architect Thomas Roszak of Chicago-based Thomas Roszak Architecture knew when he was hired to transform the InterContinental Miami hotel into the city’s premier tourist destination. He knew the job required a design that would outshine the industry’s seriously blinged-out competition.

“The hotel needed to make a big impression, as many of the buildings in the area were either new or recently renovated,” Roszak says. “The idea was to create an ‘electric’ hotel.” In collaboration with his Chicago-based firm Lohan Anderson + Roszak, he installed 5,000 LED lights through hotel windows creating a colorful, computer-like display across the 35-story exterior façade. “All of the lighting is controlled by a smart system, which allows the colors to swoosh across the entire property in perfect concert creating an orchestra of lights,” he says.

Roszak and his team also designed a complete welcome sequence with a new porte cochere made of glass containing thousands of white lights. The travertine floors in the lobby were kept intact, but the space was illuminated with interactive display screens and colorfully lit wall panels that reflect off of the many high-finish surfaces used throughout the hotel. “This was a complex rebranding exercise that has put the InterContinental firmly at the top of their game and set a new marker for the total hotel experience,” says Roszak.

As Will Smith says, welcome to Miami.

Execution
“Thomas Roszak was a pleasure to work with because he wanted to create something that stands out from the crowd,” says Bernd Rennebeck, president of Specialty Structures & Installations, a Florida-based company that assists architects in researching, selecting, and installing the best products for their projects. With its larger-than-life aesthetic, the InterContinental Hotel project required the help of Rennebeck and his team at Specialty Structures in order to ensure that complicated structural elements within the design could be properly executed with quality materials. “We prefer to work on unusual projects where we can use our experience in many different disciplines of construction,” he says. “In the near future we will be installing 7,000 linear feet of LED lighting on a 500-foot-tall steel tower in Dallas. We are always looking at new technologies to improve the reliability and efficiency of our installations.”

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