CovetED Magazine has recently made a selection of the top 25 most inspirational designers from NYC and, of course, Rockwell Group is part of it. It would not be possible to make a top like this without this worldwide esteemed group. So, to honour them, today, we will show you the best hospitality design projects with the signature of Rockwell Group.
David Rockwell, FAIA, has long harbored a fascination with immersive environments. He grew up in the theater—his mother, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer, often cast him in community repertory productions. But when he was 12, David’s family had a dramatic scene change, moving from Deal, New Jersey to Guadalajara, Mexico. There he discovered a whole new world of vibrant marketplaces, street life, and public spaces.
Founded in 1984 by David Rockwell, Rockwell Group is driven by a deep curiosity about the world. They are driven by design. That keeps them open to possibilities. This is the most perfect and most complete definition of Rockwell Group.
Among the over a hundred awards, recognitions and nomenees, the most recent award they received was NYCxDESIGN Awards, Winner, Institutional, 2019 with The Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect). See below The Shed.
Scroll down to see some of the most recent residential projects designed by Rockwell Group.
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario
The Fairmont Royal York (formerly the Royal York) is a historic hotel, which opened in 1929 in downtown Toronto. Their redesign for the lobby and amenities is inspired by a journey from the city’s past through to its present, embracing and highlighting the building’s rich patina while adding a contemporary layer. Given the hotel’s connection to Toronto’s Union Station, they took material, form, and detail cues from the aesthetics of rail travel. Spaces easily transition from places for work and relaxation, breakfasts and elevated dinners, and celebratory events.
Moxy East Village, New York, NY
In a nod to Moxy East Village’s vibrant, ever-transforming neighborhood, Rockwell Group’s design concept is based on a kind of urban archaeology that references the city’s past, present, and future. The hotel is conceived as a non-linear timeline, and each floor reveals a different layer in the neighborhood’s narrative—as well as projecting its future—creating a sense of discovery for guests and transforming its stories from day to night.
Influenced by downtown New York’s role as an incubator for the dissident creative scene of the 1970s and 80s through the present day, the hotel’s public spaces have a raw, gritty look inspired by the area’s art and music scene.
Moxy Chelsea, New York, NY
Niches in the Venetian plaster walls and a terra cotta-like barrel vault ceiling with refined geometric light fixtures transport guests to early 21st Century Rome or Milan.
The Feroce Ristorante and Caffé is entered at street level and organized as a series of choreographed rooms culminating in an outdoor terrace. Apothecary candy jars and bottles hover on delicate glass and brass shelves creating an unexpected juxtaposition.
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, Mumbai, India
In 2010 Rockwell Group created a master plan for the renovation of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, in addition to redesigning two dining destinations within the hotel—Wasabi by Morimoto and the historic Harbour Bar. Their most recent project at the Taj includes the renovation of the All Day Dining restaurant—Shamiana—and the Tower spa—Jiva, where they combined clean architectural lines with bespoke details that reference the original 1903 hotel building.
Besides these recent hospitality design projects, you have several others that are truly inspiring and well known among design lovers and professionals, such as Gran Hotel Inglés, in Madrid, Spain, which is one of the world’s most luxury hotels. So, if you want to know more details about this and other projects from Rockwell Group, click HERE to go to the official website.
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