W HOTEL ASPEN

RECOGNITION
PROJECT LOCATION

Aspen, CO

MARKET SECTOR

Hospitality

SIZE

122,666 SF

SERVICES

Commissioning

Mechanical

Electrical

Plumbing

Lighting

Technology

BG provided mechanical, electrical, specialty lighting design, technology, commissioning, and construction administration services for the complete demolition and construction renewal of the former Sky Hotel.  The new hotel is operated by W Hotels Worldwide. The renewed hotel maintains the original Aspen spirit as a gathering place for both locals and guests. The hotel consists of 88 guest rooms designed by Nema Workshop and 11 branded residences designed by Rowland + Broughton. With a focus on dynamic food and beverage, programming includes a full restaurant and multiple bars, as well as other amenities, including a fully snow-melted 12,000 SF rooftop bar and pool complete with three spas overlooking Aspen Mountain.

Lighting was carefully coordinated to help maximize ceiling heights, given the code driven building height restrictions, while still providing both direct and indirect lighting. A two-story lounge greets guests, using a recessed linear grazer and concealed lighting detail along the primary stair to accent the relief paneling. Adjustable accents lights were coordinated and aimed to catch the angled surfaces of the geodesic sphere that houses the DJ booth. The guest experience is enhanced with color changing LED lights, concealed in an undulating bench, to illuminate vertical acrylic tubes in sync with the music.

The bar of the two-story lounge continues the geometric forms used at the DJ Booth for the back bar wall. Light and shadow is established with linear lights mounted behind diffuse acrylic panels. The silhouette created behind the forms bring definition to the triangular shapes. Cove lighting and recessed downlights provide general lighting for the bar top and back bar area. Bar face lighting set back from the curvilinear surface creates interest, illuminating the protruding curves while casting shadows on the receding ones.

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