Originally published in Interiors & Sources

04/01/2008

Photo Essay: Design that "Rocks"

Charged with designing the interiors for this cutting-edge hotel in San Diego's trendy Gaslamp Quarter, Graham Downes Architecture developed a chic, ultra-modern look for the new Hard Rock Hotel-a project sure to top the charts with every guest.

By Robert Nieminen | Photography Courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

 

As guests arrive at the 52,000-square-foot hotel property, they enter into a dynamic lobby featuring custom-designed furniture and fixtures that create a completely unique experience. (larger image)

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With a brand name as big as Hard Rock, known throughout the world for the original cafe of its namesake in London, designing a hotel for the corporate client required a departure from the norm and a design approach that embodied its "rock star" attitude. Known for his chic, contemporary designs, Graham Downes, founder of San Diego-based Graham Downes Architecture, jumped at the opportunity to put his edgy, modernist spin on the suites and common areas on the new 315,000-square-foot Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, the first branded condo-hotel project in the city.

The new Hard Rock Hotel is appropriately situated in downtown San Diego's trendy Gaslamp Quarter on a 52,000-square-foot property that encompasses two adjoined 12-story towers featuring 420 contemporary modern Studio Rooms, Hard Rock Suites and luxury Rock Star Suites in various configurations. There are 18 uniquely individual Rock Star Suites, each featuring spa-like bathrooms, outdoor decks with sleek modern furniture, matte leather couches, vibrantly colored pillows, dark ebony floors and hand-woven custom rugs. One suite showcases a fire pit and deck with seating for 20 while another features 270-degree views of the San Diego Bay and an outdoor hot tub.

Keeping with the rock ‘n' roll theme (as one would expect), music is a central design element throughout the hotel's upscale, trendy design. Fully-wired studios and suites feature bold colors and materials, and Jack Pack technology permits plug-and-play access from a guest's personal audio player (iPod/MP3), video camera or notebook to the room's media hub. Guests can also choose their own selection of tunes at reservation-from 10 unique genres of music that play upon entry into the suites-creating a one-of-a-kind rock star experience for each visitor.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego breaks with the standards of conventional design with suites that feature stunning cantilevered furniture, halo-illuminated beds that create a sense of floating, 300-thread count cotton linens, state-of-the-art lighting, celebrity green-room inspired refreshment centers, and sensually-styled bathrooms with ceiling-mounted rain showers. The vibrant color palette, textured materials, rich ebony wood floors and stark geometric shapes all serve to entertain guests with a bold, hip design. With no two suites being alike, repeat guests are sure to encounter a whole new vibe with each visit.

One extraordinary Rock Star Suite has been designed by the Grammy® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the band's charity, The Peapod Foundation—a global organization dedicated to providing opportunities and support for children worldwide. The band collaborated on the design for the suite, which reflects each member's individual style and unique personality. Band members also hand selected everything from the furniture to the bed linens-creating a one-of-a-kind guest experience.

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Below: The Hard Rock Hotel features 18 uniquely designed Rock Star Suites featuring sleek, modern furniture, matte leather couches, dark ebony floors and hand-woven, custom rugs. (larger image)


Above: Famous for his cutting-edge designs, architect Graham Downes created an atmosphere for the 420 contemporary studio rooms that is both sensual and unpredictable. (larger image
Below: Breaking from the standards of conventional design, suites feature stunning cantilevered furniture, halo-illuminated beds, 300-thread count cotton linens and state-of-the-art lighting. (larger image)


Above: Sensually-styled, spa-like bathrooms feature sleek pluming fixtures and ceiling-mounted rain showers. (larger image)
Below: Also ideal for business meetings and events, the hotel houses 40,000 square feet of unique indoor/outdoor meeting, reception and conference space, which can be separated into individual areas. (larger image)

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AREA RUGS
Tai Ping Carpets Americas
(909) 445-0962


ARTWORK
Farmboy Fine Arts/Design
(604) 699-2462


CARPET
Atlas Carpet Mills
(323) 724-9000


CUSTOM CARPET
(STUDIO ROOMS & HARD ROCK SUITES)
Shaw Contract | 1, 6
(800) 257-7429


CUSTOM CASEGOODS
(STUDIO ROOMS & HARD ROCK SUITES)
Fairmont Designs

(714) 670-1171


CUSTOM CASEGOODS
(ROCK STAR SUITES)
Shelter Craft


CUSTOM FURNITURE
(STUDIO ROOMS, HARD ROCK SUITES & ROCK STAR SUITES)
Graham Downes Architecture | 2, 4, 6


FURNISHINGS
Cal-Moda Industries
(310) 763-6577

Modern Studio Furnishings
(949) 376-0103

Quality Cabinet & Fixture Co.
(619) 266-1011


GLASSWORK
Caldwell Glass
(619) 938-9600


LIGHTING
Pablo Lighting
(415) 865-5000

Ruzika Co, The
(949) 253-3479


OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Janus et Cie
(619) 341-2955


PAINTS
Dunn Edwards | 7


SURFACES
Eurowest Decorative Surfaces
(800) 978-7500

Rhodes Architectural Stone
(206) 709-3000

Walker Zanger
(714) 481-2708


WALL COVERINGS
Carnegie
(516) 678-6770

Innovations in Wallcoverings
(800) 227-8053

JM Lynne Co

Maharam
(800) 645-3943


ACCENT WALL COVERINGS
(ROCK STAR SUITES)
Koroseal Interior Products Group
(330) 668-7649


ACCENT WALL COVERINGS
(STUDIO ROOMS)
Metro Wallcoverings
(800) 479-1109

Sanitas


WALL COVERINGS
(STUDIO ROOMS & HARD ROCK SUITES)
Wolf-Gordon | 3
(800) 347-0550


WOOD FLOORING
(ROCK STAR SUITES)
Armstrong World Industries | 5
877-ARMSTRONG


PLUMBING:

BATHROOM FIXTURES(GUESTROOM)
Hansgrohe


BATHROOM FIXTURES
(SUITES)
Dornbracht


BATHTUB
(SUITES)
Bain Ultra Source


BATHTUB
(GUESTROOM)
Duravit


FREE STANDING BASIN
(SUITES)
Vitraform Source


LAVATORY
Decolav


SINK
(SPA)
Lacava | 8


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CLIENT

HARD ROCK HOTEL SAN DIEGO
207 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-3000

PROJECT TEAM

Graham Downes Architecture Inc.
1600 National Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 234-2565

 


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We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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