Featured : Architecture

Walt Disney Family Museum

Rockwell Group wanted to honor Walt Disney in this museum by using the tools he used throughout his career to innovate in the world of animation: storytelling, art, music and technology.

The Library

New narratives abound at The Public Theater, a landmarked building in downtown Manhattan that reopened this October.

Crystals at CityCenter

Rockwell Group envisioned this central retail, entertainment, and dining hub of CityCenter as an abstracted 21st-century park to fit into the new larger-than-life urban center.

Projects
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights

    The National Center for Civil and Human Rights tells the story and brings to life the American civil rights movement and introduces past and current human rights issues across the globe. Rockwell Group designed the Center’s exhibition spaces in collaboration with director, writer and producer George C. Wolfe and human rights expert and activist Jill Savitt. Comprised of two sets of galleries (the Civil Rights galleries and the Human Rights galleries), the space focuses on telling stories in an experiential manner that engages visitors both individually and collectively. The Freelon Group and HOK are the architects for the project.

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  • Alma De Cuba

    This three-story town-house restaurant blends historical and contemporary Cuba and emits a sensual red glow, in step with its modern Latin cuisine by noted chef Douglas Rodriguez. Each floor has its own character, creating renewal and transition from one space to the next. Guests enter at the ground-floor lounge, a sumptuous space where black-and-white photographs of Cuba are projected onto white-washed walls, their existing moldings modulating the surface and appearance of the images. On the next floor is the main dining room, featuring crisp white embroidered-leather banquettes, a communal mahogany table, and handcrafted rugs resembling colonial Cuban tiles. On the third level, for semiprivate dining, large light boxes fitted with images of tobacco fields surround the room, so guests feel as if they’re immersed in the Cuban countryside.

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  • Aloft

    Rockwell Group designed Starwood Hotel & Resorts’ new Aloft hotels to raise the bar in affordable select-service hospitality, offering airy, bright loft-like guest rooms, enhanced technology services, landscaped outdoor spaces for socializing day and night, and an energetic lounge scene. Envisioning a series of urban oases on the American roadside, Rockwell Group has emphasized sophistication, community, functionality, and comfort.

    The comfort and sociability inherent in the design infuse the guest experience with a sense of ownership. The self-service check-in, lobby pool table, sunken living room area with fireplace, backyard patio visible from picture windows throughout the hotel, and ultra-comfortable beds all contribute to the feeling of being “at home” at Aloft. There is even a morning-to-midnight kitchen off of the lounge. Certain design elements and visually distinctive iconic structures such as the carport, the abstract roof-line, and colorful glowing linear exterior lights add punch to the subtle sophistication of the spacious, industrial-inspired interior. 

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  • Ames Hotel

    Rockwell Group renovated this 19th-century building, considered Boston’s first skyscraper, to embrace the 21st century as a luxury hotel. Romanesque arches and original fireplaces and moldings seamlessly combine with sleek marble floors, glittering lighting fixtures, and contemporary custom furniture in the lobby, fitness center, 113 guest rooms, and the Woodward tavern.

    To learn more, watch David Rockwell on designing The Ames Hotel in Boston in Morgans’ series of design webisodes.

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  • Andaz Maui at Wailea

    Andaz Maui at Wailea is the brand’s first resort hotel. To highlight the property’s lush surroundings, Rockwell Group designed open and airy public spaces and guest rooms that enhance the resort’s connection to the outdoor environment. A modern interpretation of traditional Hawaiian design is achieved through the unexpected use of furnishings and patterns; natural materials; and an art program featuring works by contemporary Hawaiian artists.

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  • Andaz Wall Street

    Named after the Urdu word for “personal style,” Andaz has been to designed to cater to each individual, whether visiting the hotel and its 13 floors of guest rooms or living among the 26 floors of luxury condominiums and amenities above, all by Rockwell Group. Cerused oak, end-grain bamboo, and veined marble run throughout, yielding a warm luminosity, while a sculptural focal staircase wends its way up from the gracious lobby to the buzzing bar and restaurant and spa beyond. The 253 guest rooms are minimal, contemporary, and luxurious, with custom furniture that can transform to each guest’s preferences.

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  • Architectural Digest Greenroom

    The Architectural Digest Greenroom is the exclusive backstage lounge for Oscar presenters and honorees. For the 86th Annual Academy Awards, Rockwell Group was selected to design the Green Room by Architectural Digest’s Editor in Chief Margaret Russell. Rockwell Group’s design references modern urban loft spaces to create a casual luxury with an eclectic, edgy mix of new and vintage furnishings, and raw and textured finishes. Light and technology create an open, airy and interactive environment.

    A Samsung media wall comprised of 86 Samsung Android devices, including flat screen televisions, tablets and smart phones, create a mosaic wall. Oscar Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon and David Rockwell have co-curated images for the installation. The LAB has developed a custom Android application that allows for the video wall to display a choreographed digital art installation of a single image or a montage of images. The video wall transforms these familiar, everyday electronic devices into a spectacular digital platform that celebrates the 86-year-long history of the Oscars. A/V integration services for the media wall are being provided by SenovvA.

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  • Astor Grill

    The St. Regis Doha’s signature restaurant, Astor Grill, brings a new experience to Qatar’s dining scene. Offering a modern menu inspired by classic French cuisine and a customizable selection of steaks, the avant-garde restaurant has been designed as a tribute to John Jacob Astor IV, who founded the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago. Rockwell Group Europe created a striking five-meter-high curving bronze sculpture resembling smoke frozen in space and inspired by British artist Tony Cragg enhances the dramatic entrance to the space. In the main dining area, a dimensional landscape of pine wood pieces hangs from the ceiling, providing a visual contrast between the organic barrel vault and raise geometric leather dining enclosure. Deep red leather dining chairs emphasize the warmth of the materials in the dining rooms. A red lacquer portal frame at the back of the main dining room leads guests to a raised area with views of an open grill kitchen—a theatrical backdrop that allows guests to watch all of the action as award-winning chef Rudy Petersen and team prepare their dishes. The space itself feels like an intimate dinner party that embraces the energy of the bustling atmosphere outside.
     

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  • B&B Carousell Pavilion

    Anchoring the new Steeplechase Plaza is a vibrant pavilion housing the historic B&B Carousell. Rockwell Group designed a double-height drum with oversized bi-fold doors at the boardwalk level to house the restored carousel, and provide visitors with an open air experience and free passage through the pavilion. Attached to the center drum is a monumentally scaled “CAROUSELL” sign in a variety of fonts and colors, reflecting the playful and layered history of Coney Island.

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  • Bar Americain

    To complement the sophisticated cuisine of world-renowned chef Bobby Flay, Rockwell Group gave a contemporary edge to the venerable European brasserie concept. Emitting warmth and intimacy as well as buzz, a golden, earthy palette of pumpkin-colored walls, checkerboard floors, and burgundy accents envelops the two-story space. The bar in zinc and backlit etched-glass encourages lingering and liveliness. The cast wine coolers, zinc-trim chandeliers, and exposed-bulb wall sconces are among the space’s many custom-designed and handcrafted elements.

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  • Belvedere Hotel

    This hilltop boutique hotel has been renovated and expanded to include a new lobby, guest rooms, and the Belvedere Hotel Restaurant and Bar, a three-level space that spills into the redesigned pool area on its lowest level. Lush bougainvillea, sparkling pendant lights, and natural materials inspired by the sea infuse the luxury hotel and restaurant with fresh beauty. Hand-carved rosewood millwork, sculptures by local artists, stunning views of the Aegean, and a color palette of whites, warm tans, and greens are featured throughout each of the spaces. Uniquely programmed guest rooms feature sophisticated yacht-inspired built-in amenities and custom furnishings.

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  • Best Cellars

    A simple, clean design promotes this radical concept in wine retailing, in which bottles are the star of the show and the product is demystified and more accessible. Designed as a prototype for a national roll-out, the tidy store sells 100 wines organized by such descriptive categories as fresh, soft, smooth, sweet, and fizzy instead of grape type or region. Panels of American sycamore envelop the room while gray polished concrete forms the floor. Wines are displayed in custom backlit cabinetry; as light filters through, the bottles take on the appearance of stained glass.

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  • Blue School

    Rockwell Group partnered with the the founders of the renowned Blue Man Group to build the new permanent home for The Blue School. This six-story building will provide a strong foundation for the school to further realize its mission and vision: creating unique and powerful approaches to cultivate children’s curiosity, creative expression and self-awareness. As Architect-of-Record, Rockwell Group converted a landmarked building into a school, designing the environment so that kids can invent and reinvent the spaces on an ongoing basis. Having spent over five years researching, developing and realizing the Imagination Playground initiative, Rockwell Group’s focus on encouraging child-directed, creative, ever-changing free play was directly in line with the philosophical beliefs of The Blue School.

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  • Bobby Flay Steak

    This southwestern-inspired restaurant is situated inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. At the entry is a sunken lounge area, where red quilted leather covers the ceiling and wraps the walls down to the floor, and blackened metal arcs form a sculptural screen. Beyond the liquor and raw bar, a hall lined with wood wall planks recalling split-rail fencing leads to the main dining room, where large brass-toned wine towers glow, and a fireplace surrounded by a copper-mesh curtain provides a contemporary take on sitting around a campfire. In the raised private dining area, luminous backlit glass surrounds the banquettes. Progressing through the space, the architecture darkens, heavy on charcoals and browns, while the fabrics and upholstery brighten, with warm reds, mesquites, yellows, and creams, and copper and bronze accents. The straight ceiling beams, characteristic of those seen in a ranch house, eventually undulate, like a rolling landscape, and are dotted with curved black-steel pendant fixtures.

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  • Canyon Ranch Living

    Expanding upon the Canyon Ranch Spa concept, Rockwell Group joined WSG Development Company and Arquitectonica to create the nation’s first community dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. At Canyon Ranch Living, residents are immersed daily in a soothing setting that nurtures body, mind, and spirit. As part of this 6-acre oceanfront development, the former Carillon Hotel, a late 1950s art deco-style gem, was restored to its grandeur and two new condominium buildings were added. The complex houses a dining area and expo kitchen, a market, spa and fitness center. Interiors are layered with texture and color using handcrafted materials that reflect the ocean landscape outside. Soothing lavender graces the bedding and throws, while the bathrooms mix ebonized oak, marble, limestone, and iridescent mosaics in a flower pattern.

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  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

    The child is the focus and driving force behind this design, which encourages curiosity, wonder, and learning. A terrazzo bridge spanning the lobby begins the journey—toward healing and knowledge. A “You Are Here” map pinpoints the hospital’s location on an enormous glass mural of our galaxy. On each floor, artist installations relate either to the developmental level of the child or the illness treated there, while every room has its own custom Intranet system. The hospital reflects the philosophies of family-centered care and the teachings of Carl Sagan, stressing our connection to the entire universe.

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  • Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World signifies the production’s first freestanding venue. The fabric-like, cylindrical building is made from Teflon-coated fiberglass and soars to 160 feet in height, echoing Cirque’s iconic traveling show tent. Interior highlights include a custom carpet inspired by Picasso’s Harlequin, hand-dyed drapes evoking the Cirque costumes, and a grand stair that can function as a min performance stage. Serving as a dramatic focal point for Downtown Disney, the 1,671-seat theater captures the excitement and spectacle of the circus.

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  • Cohen Children’s Medical Center

    Cohen Children’s Medical Center has long held the belief that art plays a vital role in children’s hospitals, creating bright and positive environments. Continuing this tradition, Rockwell Group has integrated fine art, artwork by children, and interactive programs into the basement level, 2nd floor and 3rd floor of the hospital’s new pavilion. The mix of art, decorative and interactive elements creates a comforting experience, one that allows children to open their imaginations and begin to heal.

    Inspired by Long Island’s ocean and shoreline, the design of the Emergency Department features abstracted images of sea life surrounded by sand and water.  For this space, LAB at Rockwell Group created a fifteen-foot wide interactive aquarium. Children can create their own fish on one of six iPads and then release them into the tank. The children gain a sense of control over their environment while collectively experiencing the joy of creating a beautiful underwater world.

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  • Crystals at CityCenter

    Rockwell Group envisioned Crystals—the central retail, entertainment, and dining hub of the 67-acre CityCenter campus—as an abstracted 21st-century park to fit into the new larger-than-life urban center. An organic, curvilinear vocabulary and abstractions of nature—a three-story sapele-and-mahogany sculpture inspired by a modern tree house, a 24-foot grand bamboo staircase—are striking counterpoints to Studio Daniel Libeskind’s angled crystalline exterior. Abundant plants hang from floor-to-ceiling columns and trellises and an island of seasonal flowers runs right through the main thoroughfare. Beyond the natural inspirations for the design, however, was the effort to use materials, techniques and processes that were in keeping with the LEED Gold specifications of CityCenter.

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  • David Rockwell Collection for The Rug Company

    The five rugs, wall hanging, and bolster cushion in this first collaboration between The Rug Company and Rockwell Group utilize traditional Tibetan craftsmanship to realize bold, contemporary motifs, many of which derive from the graphics and textures present in Rockwell Group’s diverse restaurant and theater projects.

    The lush rugs—Spot Light, Silver Kaleidoscope, Silver Rings, and Mixed Metals (Platinum or 24k)—are either all Tibetan wool or wool and silk, with varying pile heights for dynamic texture, in 5 by 7 ½ or 6 by 9-foot sizes.

    The flowers that line Manhattan’s Park Avenue in spring inspired Park Avenue Tulips, a 33-by-44-inch woven-wool wall hanging of bright blue blossoms against a brown and red ground.

    Style Shock, the 16-by-37-inch woven-wool bolster, mixes and matches motifs and patterns from past projects as well as from Persian rugs, Mexican floral textiles, and Japanese floral fabrics.

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  • Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

    The Film Society of Lincoln Center opened the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center to the public in June 2011 as part of the redevelopment of the 16-acre Lincoln Center campus. Rockwell Group transformed this underutilized office space and a parking garage into a new state-of-the-art street-level Film Center, which houses two theaters, an amphitheater and a café. With the opening of the Film Center, the Film Society will be able to dramatically expand its programming with an emphasis on film education.

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  • Emeril’s

    For this restaurant, Rockwell Group retained the original warehouse feeling of the space, and infused it with new materials and energy. Columns made of galvanized steel and copper rivets and an edge-lit vaulted wood ceiling underscore the industrial vernacular, while the bluestone-topped bar, cherry-stained wood floor, and distressed wood tabletops inset with mother-of-pearl signal an updated design vocabulary. A thick glass wall has been added between the main dining and chef’s table areas and, at the flick of a switch, becomes translucent for privacy. The exposed kitchen also received a dramatic overhaul, now featuring a steel-frame archway and glass boxes planted with herbs used by Lagasse himself.

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  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    Originally built in 1893, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac overlooks the St. Lawrence River and Old Quebec. For the renovation of the historic hotel’s main public spaces, Rockwell Group crafted a design vocabulary based on a modern, approachable luxury that references the hotel’s heritage.

    The renovation of the main lobby highlights preserved signature pieces and the restoration of historic details. Large Italian blue onyx back lit panels, inspired by the St. Lawrence River, welcome guests in the reception area. The chandeliers were retrofitted and modernized with wire mesh draped panels filtering the light. 

    Bistro Le Sam, which is the former Bar St. Laurent space, lightly draws upon the Chateau’s past as a tourist destination on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Rockwell Group’s linear approach to the floor plan is influenced by vintage train cars, while the furnishings and finishes recall Art Deco and the Jazz Age.

    The design concept for Le Champlain, the Château’s 198-seat main restaurant, was inspired by a manor house, in a nod to the hotel’s original English architectural details. The restaurant’s existing paneling and stenciled ceilings are preserved, and a palette of luxurious textured materials such as leather, brass and wood in muted hues of purple, grey and beige update the space. Located off of Le Champlain is 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar. The 58-seat bar features an icy color palette of grey, silver, platinum and blue inspired by Quebec’s chilly winters.

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  • FAO Schwarz

    For the redesign of F.A.O. Schwarz’s flagship store in New York, Rockwell Group wanted to create a spectacular New York room. The existing space was dramatically opened-up, resulting in easier circulation as well as unblocked vistas into the space from the outside. Like a giant aquarium on Fifth Avenue, the space buzzes with light and activity. Inside, the scale of the entry hall recalls the grand spaces of New York’s legendary shopping emporiums, while the rest of the store is an “urban playground,” where the store becomes a stage for a theater of toys with the children as the players. “Urban treehouses” become retreats for play, and other design features include an L.E.D. ceiling, a spectacular soda fountain, the “ultimate rec room,” a flight simulator, a kid’s party room, a story-time area and an updated version of the famous giant piano keyboard.

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  • FIVE50

    Five50 is the latest restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain, executive chef of Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino. The restaurant’s name is a reference to the ideal temperature for baking wood oven pizzas. The concept for Five50 is inspired by New York pizzerias, and also reflects its Las Vegas location and the city’s nightlife culture. Both the food and the design emphasize the craft of making pizza, with an honest approach to ingredients and materials. Located in the ARIA Resort & Casino, Five50 features three dining areas – a pizza counter where guests can get a quick slice, a main dining area, and a semi-private back dining room. Rockwell Group selected a palette of natural finishes and materials that reveal the maker’s hand and, like pizza, are formed at high temperatures.

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  • Gordon Ramsay at The St. Regis Doha

    Rockwell Group Europe has designed Gordon Ramsay and Opal by Gordon Ramsay—two of ten restaurants at The St. Regis Doha—making the luxury resort a top culinary destination in Qatar.

    Modeled after an elegant, sprawling English manor, the restaurants reinterpret classical elements with a modern twist, featuring a palette of ivory whites and grays accented by pops of orange. Guests enter through a gazebo enclosed with printed screen fabrics depicting a British contemporary landscape to arrive at the Bar Lounge, located in an indoor conservatory. From here, two grand doors provide entry into the Formal Dining Room, which features custom-made crystal chandeliers and is anchored by a large marble fireplace. Guests will also discover a private dining room with a library lounge just outside housing books and art pieces; a wine cellar with a vast collection of wines from all over the world and a wine tasting table; and a raw bar featuring an elegant display cabinet made of calacatta marble, zebrano wood, and bronze metal. A pizza bar marks guests’ arrival at Opal by Gordon Ramsay, a more casual dining experience. Boasting panoramic views of the shimmering Arabian Gulf, the restaurant offers indoor or outdoor dining on a canopied terrace.

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  • Harbour Bar

    At the Harbour Bar, located within the world-famous Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai, echoes of Art Deco, India’s rich history, and contemporary luxury are expressed through the furniture and finishes of this restored, beloved establishment. A solid carved mass of white marble forms the center bar, while an inviting glow emanates from the cut-glass back bar. Two existing windows that were uncovered during the renovation now overlook the harbour and buzzing Apollo Bunder Road. Throughout, oversized carved wood pieces, thick-pile rugs, tall lantern-like light fixtures, and leather-upholstered seating create an intimate, special setting that appeals to Mumbai’s up-and-coming generation of movers and shakers.

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  • Hotel Bel-Air

    While maintaining the hotel’s signature style and intimate feel, Rockwell Group restored the Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air restaurant, the Oak Bar, and several public spaces in the Hotel Bel Air.

    The design for the renovation was inspired by the unique and legendary character of the hotel, known for giving guests the sense of being in a luxurious private residence surrounded by gardens. The indoor and outdoor environments of the hotel are intertwined, so Rockwell Group is enhancing the connection between the restaurants and the extraordinary garden experiences throughout the property.

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  • House Beautiful for Designer Visions 2012

    For the annual Designer Visions, three magazines from Hearst Design Group sponsor three apartments to be designed by renowned architects and interior designers. For the 2012 Designer Visions, House Beautiful asked Rockwell Group to renovate a converted loft into a unique space that would reflect and embrace the magazine’s distinct style. Rockwell Group envisioned the elegant home of a stylish couple, and highlighted a clean fusion of unique influences ranging from various cultures to diverse style eras.

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  • Imagination Playground

    Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept designed by U.S. architect David Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play - the kind of play that experts say is critical to a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground empowers children to constantly reconfigure the space around them and design their own course of play. Comprised of an assortment of movable objects, including biodegradable foam blocks in 15 uniquely designed shapes, Imagination Playground offers an easy-to-install alternative for creative play in almost any indoor or outdoor setting.

    Imagination Playground is available in a variety of ways, including Imagination Playground in a Box and Imagination Playground in a Cart.

    For more information, please visit: www.imaginationplayground.com

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  • Jaleo

    For Jaleo, an authentic tapas restaurant at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Rockwell Group Europe took cues from Chef José Andrés’ Spanish roots and influences to create the following vibrant spaces: a tapas with whimsical bronze patterns of seafood, olives, and napkins on the terrazzo floor; the Paella Grill featuring an open-fire wood-burning cooking surface; a main dining room on a raised platform, surrounded by laser-cut fabric that echoes the traditional Spanish mantilla; and é by josé andrés, a “restaurant within a restaurant” with designs inspired by Spanish surrealist techniques.

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  • JetBlue Terminal 5

    The sweeping Marketplace of this 26-gate terminal welcomes passengers and ushers them to their gate via dynamic way-finding graphics and a clear signage system. Terraced seating areas that recall brownstone stoops and the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art bring a taste of the city into the terminal and provide a comfortable resting spot for passengers. An upward swirl of steel cables links a digitally programmed information ring and platform seating, leaving the concourse level light, airy, and clear for foot traffic. The egg-shaped aluminum information ring has forty three 40-inch LCD screens positioned around it, for which Rockwell Group’s LAB built a custom software platform for JetBlue to display a variety of content and messaging that they can easily and constantly update.

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  • Juana Manso Mixed-Use Complex

    Rockwell Group Europe is proud to present this 860,000-square-foot two-building complex in the Puerto Madero district of downtown Buenos Aires, one of the city’s fastest-growing and most sophisticated areas. Surrounded by parks and a breathtaking waterfront, the first three levels of the glass-enclosed structures are occupied by a high-end retail center, along with gourmet markets and restaurants offering multiple al fresco dining options. Inside the 175,000-square-foot retailarea, overscale skylights and windows create a light-filled and convivial shopping experience. Above the mall, two six–level buildings each provide approximately 320,000 square feet of office space. Both buildings are topped by a curvilinear white roof that pays tribute to the nearby iconic bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava.

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  • Kittichai

    Located on the ground floor of the Thompson Hotel, the interior, waitstaff uniforms, and food presentation was inspired by Thailand and world-class executive chef, Ian Chalermkittichai, from whom the eatery’s name derives. The theme begins at the entry, where guests are greeted by a rare species of black bamboo and a column resembling a coconut tree, emitting light from each ring of “bark.” Further in, beyond welcoming gazebos, rows of yellow and violet orchids in backlit cylindrical vases line crisp white shelves. Walls are lined in vibrant red and orange silk. A central reflecting pool adds tranquility. Details such as carved wood totems, heads of Bodhisattvas, brass-topped tables, walls decorated with Thai script chronicling Chef Chalermkittichai’s first experiences in the kitchen, and a candlelit wood version of a Thai punt further reflect the culture, traditions, and cuisine.

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  • Le Méridien

    The deep-rooted, vibrant history and culture of Oran, Algeria’s northwestern Mediterranean coast, inspired Rockwell Group Europe’s design for this ground-up Le Méridien. The property features a vast three-level glass box lobby that rises up from pools of water at the base of the hotel tower. Inside, abstract motifs cover the glass shell, while two 40-foot-tall lantern-like tents serve as lounge space for travellers and dramatically announce the entrance to the hotel. The “library box” includes works by the “Le Méridien 100,” a distinctive collection of artists, thinkers, and designers that have all inspired the redefined Le Méridien brand. Among the hotel’s three restaurants is Latest Recipe, an interactive, open kitchen featuring cuisines from around the world and offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The hotel also boasts an outdoor seating area surrounded by reflecting pools; an 8,600-square-foot spa; and two presidential suites among the 300 guest rooms.

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  • Lucky Guy

    Lucky Guy, a play by the late Nora Ephron, directed by George C. Wolfe, and starring Tom Hanks, tells the story of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in New York City during the 1980s and 90s. Rockwell Group designed a minimal set, recreating the grittier days of the city in the late 20th century. Mere fragments of scenery and pieces of furniture assembled by the cast recreate the various scenes within the smoke-filled world of the tabloid journalist. The primary defining element of the space is the hovering grid of the newsroom ceiling, which serves both to compress the space and as a projection surface for the images that define many of the scenes.

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  • Maialino

    Situated inside Ian Schrager’s historic Gramercy Park Hotel, Danny Meyer’s Maialino, Italian for “piglet,” captures the warmth of a traditional neighborhood trattoria, but with contemporary upscale touches. Homey checked tablecloths, wood flooring and wainscoting, and reclaimed ceiling beams combine with polished leather upholstery, concrete mosaic tiles, and sleek custom pendant fixtures for an atmosphere that’s friendly, traditional, and sophisticated.

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  • Marina Bay Sands Casino

    This four-level casino encompasses two lower levels of main gaming and two upper levels for the Paiza Club, a private, highly serviced gaming experience. Designed in conjunction with Safdie Architects, Rockwell Group’s design scheme has two influences: the grand casinos from the Monte Carlo heyday and handcrafted luxury jewelry. Highlighting one entry is an installation of custom-cut glass pendants with Czech crystals and a wood screen with metal inlay, while an imposing, custom chandelier of thousands of fiber-optic strands and abstracted metallic flower petals is a feature at another. 15-foot-tall ribbonlike nickel-silver trellises, which provide the lighting for the gaming tables as well as a sculptural element, define the lofty, main gaming floor. The Paiza Club’s private gaming rooms reflect either a red, blue, or green palette, the trademark colors of Marina Bay Sands, via custom hand-tufted wool-and-silk carpet, custom wall fabrics, and finishes; carved wall niches in all the rooms display custom artwork and cabinetry. Rosewood walls and custom Tai Ping broadloom carpeting lines the club’s corridors.

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  • Mauboussin

    For the U.S. flagship location of the French jewelry store Mauboussin, Rockwell Group renovated a five story townhouse where they created an experiential environment in which guests could discover the imaginative fashion jewelry. Rockwell Group’s LAB installed an afterhours interior kaleidoscopic projection, designed especially to illustrate the magic of the color and geometry of Mauboussin jewelry, visible to passersby outside. The images projected by this digital kaleidoscope are generated from a series of 14 to 16 static images of Mauboussin jewelry, which can be easily updated and changed. At night, projectors lower from the ceiling, and screens lower in the windows of two floors, on which the kaleidoscopic images are continually projected. The custom software uses geometry to replicate what is done with light and mirrors in a traditional kaleidoscope in order to rotate, flip, translate and jumble the images.

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  • MiMA

    The new MiMA luxury residence is part of Related Company’s $800 million, 1.2 million square foot, 60 story LEED-Silver complex, which also includes the Yotel Times Square West (which Rockwell Group also designed) and a Frank Gehry designed Signature Theatre. MiMA is named for its central location in Midtown Manhattan, and is a LEED silver building with 663 rental units, 151 condo units, separate rental and condo lobbies, and a shared amenities floor and field house. For the rental portion of the building, Rockwell Group designed a series of playful and fun ‘mixing’ spaces. The condo lobby is a sophisticated and elegant to reflect the more intimate nature of the space.

    The amenities floor on the third level boasts an indoor/outdoor dog play area and grooming space, 2 party rooms with private terraces, and a member’s only club, where twisted wood fin screens are used throughout the space to give privacy and intimacy to separate spaces, yet retain a fluid sense of openness throughout. There is a private health club elevator that travels from the 3rd floor to the Basketball City space in the sub-cellar field house – the leather stitching in the elevator mimics the materials of a basketball so that the experience begins before you step into the lower level.

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  • Mohegan Sun

    This three-pronged entertainment and gaming venue consists of: Casino of the Earth, marked by natural materials with rustic treatments that paint a picture of the Mohegans as they lived before the arrival of Europeans in America; Casino of the Sky, a more forward-looking approach with contemporary architectural features and a celestial color palette; and Casino of the Wind, bridging Earth and Sky to create an embracing and warm environment finished with a modern approach to natural materials. Among the complex are a 1,000-room hotel, convention center, 10,000-seat arena, 300,000 square feet of retail, a 150-foot-diameter planetarium, a nightclub, restaurants, bars, lounges, and a food court. Distinctive architectural features include a massive crystalline formation of glowing onyx alluding to the crystals once found on the tribe’s site; use of woven wood and glass beads throughout; custom glass-droplet chandeliers filled with plants hanging from a stripped palm bark ceiling; oversize live-edge bands of cedar rising up from the floor like the Tree of Life; and a black-granite water wall.

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  • NeueHouse

    NeueHouse is a new concept in shared work spaces designed for entrepreneurs in creative industries. Influenced by successful hospitality models, Rockwell Group designed an open plan and flexible facility to promote collaboration and creativity among teams and entrepreneurs. Occupying a 1913 renovated industrial building, the space includes a cellar level, ground floor and three upper levels of dedicated office space.

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  • Nobu Beijing

    Nobu Beijing is the first Nobu restaurant in the People’s Republic of China. Located in the Beijing Central Business District which is situated within the Chaoyang District on the east side of the city, Nobu Beijing is a one-level space with an exclusive street entrance next to the J. W. Marriott. Inspired by the restaurant’s inland location, Nobu Beijing incorporates natural design elements that have been abstracted.

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  • Nobu Dubai

    In Dubai, Rockwell Group created an extension of the Nobu brand for the first Middle East location. The design is an evolution of many of the concepts developed for the flagship Nobu 57, such as the emphasis on craftsmanship, natural materials and storytelling. Large-scale computer generated woven panels surround the restaurant walls and ceiling, creating a fluid, curvilinear environment for dining.

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  • Nobu Fifty Seven

    Whereas Rockwell Group’s design for the original Nobu in TriBeCa looked to the Japanese countryside, this outpost looks to the sea and Japanese fishing villages. Like an enormous aquarium, the restaurant’s two-story glass facade frames the vibrant colors, shapes, and activity inside. Thousands of abalone shells are strung into chandeliers in the bar-lounge, while an undulating banquette, inspired by fishing baskets, curves around the main dining room upstairs. Terrazzo embedded with cross sections of bamboo to resemble bubbles line the floor, wall, and ceiling around the sushi bar. And 107,000 individual sea urchin spines appearing like ripples in the sand form the ceiling panel in the private dining room.

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  • Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Las Vegas

    Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge – the first-ever Nobu Hotel – is located in the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Rockwell Group took both its 20 years of experience of designing Nobu restaurants worldwide and the experience of crafting brands into creating a hotel that fully represents the Nobu lifestyle. Natural materials and Nobu’s signature style combine with oversized elements to reveal a touch of Vegas glamour. The end result re-imagines a sensibility that blends the best of East and West.

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  • Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace

    Located below the premiere Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Nobu Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace is the largest Nobu restaurant worldwide. With more than 325 seats, the restaurant features a sushi bar, teppanyaki tables, and an exclusive private dining area. To set the tone, colorful, patterned dining pods and undulating screens wrap the dining room while oversized cloud-like light fixtures complement the atmosphere. Natural, textured materials combine with oversized elements to create a space as entertaining to see as it is to dine.

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  • PLAY.WORK.BUILD.

    The National Building Museum’s exhibition PLAY.WORK.BUILD takes visitors through an investigation of the history of construction toys and block play, combining the Museum’s unique Architectural Toy Collection with our firm’s Imagination Playground. The exhibition begins with a traditional gallery display culled from the Museum’s collection of more than 2,300 sets of architectural and construction toys. After learning about the history of block play, visitors proceed to the next gallery in which more of the museum’s artifacts, specifically focused on education - like those by Caroline Pratt and Friedrich Froebel, are on view. Here they are also encouraged to test their own building skills with small-scale blue foam blocks designed by our firm. The walls of the third gallery are covered with Imagination Playground trademark blue foam material, and offer hundreds of large-scale blocks for interactive play; visitors can either re-imagine their small-scale buildings into over-sized structures or create something entirely new and original.

    In the final gallery, an original interactive installation of virtual block play has been created by the LAB. Through this hands-on, interactive exhibition, families are able to collectively experience the connection between early examples of imaginative play and its modern-day interpretation, gain an appreciation of its historical significance, and design their own course of play.

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  • Riverhouse

    The interior design of this ground-up luxury residential condominium in Battery Park City celebrates the proximity of the Hudson River. Water views abound as does an eco-minded, nautical aesthetic. The design of the public spaces emphasizes views, an indoor-outdoor connection, and community and family interaction. The interiors were developed under five organizing principals: an open, simple, and modern envelope; water references at the feature wall and whale-bench seating; custom, sculptural elements such as the fireplace and blown-glass chandelier; a simple, eco-minded color and materials palette of mainly navy, local stone, reclaimed teak, and rapidly renewable bamboo; and high functionality.

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  • Secrets The Vine Cancun

    The Secrets hotel experience—intimate, familiar, and luxurious—is exceptionally tailored to guests, with many layers of moments revealed throughout the property. A series of thresholds provides guests with a clear sense of arrival, exploration, and transformation. Rockwell Group’s designs stay true to the concept of “a barefoot journey of textures and unexpected discoveries, anchored in the Yucatan Peninsula.”

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  • Shinola

    Rockwell Group was commissioned to design the New York flagship location of Shinola. Inspired by the brand’s passion for innovation, beauty, utility, and attention to detail, Rockwell Group created a design language that references America’s manufacturing legacy. Simple materials such as bronze, brass and oak create an industrial feel, while custom-made furniture complements the meticulous, handcrafted quality of Shinola’s products. The space is also home to The Smile Newsstand, a café that is a contemporary twist on the classic New York lobby newsstand.

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  • TAO Downtown

    TAO Downtown occupies the former Matsuri and Hiro Ballroom spaces in New York’s Maritime Hotel. Rockwell Group re-envisioned the two-story space as a Gotham speakeasy with an Asian sensibility. The restaurant, bar and lounge layer raw and industrial elements, and vintage Asian-influenced details.

    The LAB at Rockwell Group developed several animations for Quan Yin, a 20’ statue in the main dining room. The LAB utilized 3D projection mapping software to wrap the animations around the sculptural form, allowing Quan Yin to seamlessly transform before guests.

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  • TED Theater Vancouver

    TED celebrated its 30th anniversary by moving the annual TED Conference from Long Beach to Vancouver. For the relocation, Rockwell Group design a temporary theater installed within the Vancouver Convention Centre. Crafted from locally harvested timber, the portable, 1,200-seat theater was designed to enhance the speaker and audience experience, and will be re-installed in the years ahead.

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  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    The idea behind Rockwell Group’s overall design vision for the West and East Lobbies, The Chandelier bar, Marquee nightclub, Jaleo restaurant and 3,000 guest rooms in the new Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas was to redefine the total experience of Las Vegas, from arriving to eating to dancing to sleeping.

    The West Lobby is a kinetic space, centered around 8 giant central columns wrapped with mirrors and LCD screens. Rockwell Group’s LAB installed 384 displays on the columns and 26 behind the registration desk to create a platform for a variety of customized immersive digital experiences in the space. Off this lobby is the dream-like Vesper bar with a ceiling covered in metal mesh to look like a cloud, and shimmering silvers and whites throughout the space.

    The Chandelier is a 3-story multi-layered, lounge and bar, covered with an undulating string and crystal curtain, which creates the sense of a fantastical inhabited chandelier. The LAB created a series of digital programming for both layers of strings, creating separate interactive experiences for viewers walking by and guests inside.

    The Marquee nightclub revolutionizes the nightclub experience in Las Vegas, with a 20,000 square foot pool deck and day club, a one-of-a-kind multi-level nightclub stage inside, and a series of discrete dance and lounge environments: the Long Bar, the Crypt Bar, the Rotunda Bar, and the Boom Box room.

    The nearly 3,000 guest rooms are designed like chic, urban, luxury residences. Each room is filled with custom furniture, and layered in custom materials and finishes to give every guest a unique sense of city living, even if they’re just there for the weekend.

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  • The Library

    As part of the Public Theater’s large-scale revitalization, Rockwell Group created an an Astor-era cocktail lounge. Thanks to a 25-foot open ceiling in the lobby, it was possible to create a cozy, almost hidden space inspired by the idea of a vintage library. Distressed leather chairs, walls and millwork of white-washed cerused oak, rustic wall tiles with graffiti patterns, and a reclaimed wood floor laid in a herringbone pattern create a comfortable, lived-in ambiance. Rockwell Group worked around the steel beams in the center of the lounge area to emphasize the intimate feeling created by the low ceiling. The main gathering space is defined by three button tufted banquettes set in front of industrial, steel-framed bookcases displaying vintage scripts, Shakespearean plays,and theater props. At the far end of the space is the bar, which features an island illuminated by a striking custom cast iron steel frame chandelier that doubles as a wine glass rack hanging above it.

    The Library will serve drinks and an American menu created by acclaimed restaurateurs Andrew Carmellini and Luke Ostrom, featuring bar snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, dinner plates, and desserts sourced from local ingredients.

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  • The National

    For the signature restaurant at the luxurious Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan, Rockwell Group has worked closely with Denihan Hospitality Group and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian aimed to create an anchor in the bustling midtown neighborhood that will epitomize café culture in New York. Looking to elegant bistros and cafes in Paris, London and New York for inspiration, Rockwell Group designed three distinct areas on the main floor of the restaurant, creating the appearance of an established restaurant built over time. This refined sensibility will meld with the grandeur of the restored 1927 Emery Roth building that houses Benjamin Hotel.

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  • The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

    As part of an extensive renovation of historically significant 19th and early 20th century industrial buildings in the Hudson River Valley city of Beacon, Rockwell Group has transformed the restored Roundhouse Building into an environmentally conscious destination restaurant and bar, lounge, and hotel. The first floor of the building contains a spacious main dining room featuring the restaurant and bar, a 50-seat lounge called 2EM, and a large dining patio. The restaurant, Swift, faces scenic Beacon Falls, providing stunning views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Local artisans were enlisted to manufacture pieces specified by Rockwell Group to outfit these spaces, including: wooden tables, a hand-blown chandelier, a nickel-cerused walnut bar surface and gold-cerused oak bar face, and concrete tables. The hotel in the Roundhouse has 12 standard guest rooms and 2 penthouse suites, all of which feature distinctive works of art from The Roundhouse Art Collection and offer breathtaking outdoor views.

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  • The Westin Palace, Madrid

    Select public spaces at the regal Westin Palace, Madrid—including the rotunda lobby and lounge as well as four meeting rooms—have undergone a thoughtful update by Rockwell Group Europe. A dazzling stained-glass dome called La Cupola illuminates the redesigned rotunda lobby and lounge space below, now adorned with crystal lamps featuring gray silk shades on each table, armchairs and sofas reupholstered in Sanderson’s 1950’s-inspired cut velvet in jewel-toned greens, reds, and silvers, and a custom floral-patterned carpet that echoes the lush vegetation depicted on the dome. In the hotel’s four meeting rooms, seating has been reupholstered in Jim Thompson’s Metallic Shell, a fabric designed by Rockwell Group. The rooms have also been repainted—three off-white, one red, all accented by metallic gray and champagne moldings—the latter embellished with wall texts by Spanish writer Julio Camba, uniquely expressing the local culture and history.

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  • Travelle

    The Langham, Chicago, a new hotel located in the landmark IBM Building, turned to Rockwell Group to design Travelle, its signature restaurant. Inspired by the building’s architect Mies van der Rohe, the restaurant’s design concept reflects the art, architecture and design of the mid-20th century. The space features a bar with cast bronze pendants and silver travertine flooring, a lounge with a long feature wall comprised of nearly 900 reflective bent plates, and a dining room with a cubic, gradient glass expo kitchen.

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  • Untitled

    Rockwell Group joined forces once again with famed restaurateur, Danny Meyer, to design a new restaurant and café at The Whitney Museum of American Art.  To complement the mid-century-modern architecture of the Marcel Breuer building, the cellar-level restaurant offers an uptown take on the traditional diner with streamlined furniture and features.  Delineated by a large white lacquer frame, the bar area is backed by a chalkboard detailing daily specials and featuring a wood cake display shelves. Rockwell Group also designed simple white oak tables and room dividers, seating with red felt upholstery, and custom metal lamps to create a comfortable and industrial-chic environment. Felt-backed white oak benches line three sides of the restaurant with long communal tables filling the interior. All furniture and fixtures can easily be removed for museum events.

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  • VIE Hotel

    The award-winning VIE Hotel Bangkok enlisted Rockwell Group Europe to renovate three floors including a new bar, outdoor terrace and restaurant. The first floor Catwalk Bar is a boîte designed to transform into a functioning fashion showroom. A long central frosted glass table can serve as a dining space or catwalk for runway shows. Yellow Tail Sushi Bar, located on the third level, incorporates organic and luxurious materials including black granite, fabrics from the ‘Spotlight’ collection by David Rockwell for Jim Thompson, and an undulating wooden fishing net that defines the ceiling and walls.

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  • W Paris-Opéra

    Rockwell Group Europe teamed up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to design the W Paris-Opéra, W Hotels’ debut in France. The hotel occupies an elegant 1870s Haussmann-era building located across the street from the famous Opéra Garnier. Taking inspiration from New York’s energy, where the W brand began in 1998, and Paris, the “City of Light,” Rockwell Group Europe has infused the new W Hotel with illumination and color. An oversized, undulating wall of light—“The Spark”—is the central design feature that defines the building from both the inside and the street as it weaves throughout corridors, a DJ booth, martini bar, and guestrooms. This programmable wall of light can transform based on season, event, or time of day to create a festive and celebratory atmosphere.

    Historic elements throughout the hotel’s building, including ornamented columns, vaulted ceilings, and decorated doors, have been redefined to create a dialogue and contrast between the old world and contemporary elements.

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  • W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island

    W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island is located on the blissful island of Vieques, approximately eight miles off the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico. Signifying W Hotels’ first property in the Caribbean and its second retreat property, this beachfront oasis reflects the surrounding natural landscape and the sleek, sexy design that the W brand is known for through a stylish blend of handcrafted and modern details. Rockwell Group Europe led the design for the spa and all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including two living rooms, a 3-meal restaurant by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse, a sunset bar, and mezzanine with VIP room/business center, among others.

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  • W Singapore-Sentosa Cove

    Rockwell Group has teamed up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to design the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, a cosmopolitan resort on Sentosa Island. Only 15 minutes from Singapore’s business and shopping districts, this lush tropical island provides the perfect setting for a hotel, spa and venue where business meets pleasure. The island’s beautiful beaches and nature create an ideal oasis easily accessible from the busy city.

    Bringing the outside in, motifs and materials are drawn from Singapore and Sentosa Island. Orchids, rosewood and traditional floral textiles provide the inspiration and patterns to convey the warmth of the island. The environment reflects the influence of the island’s culture, sensibility and surroundings while keeping the chic fun of the W brand in the forefront.

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  • W Union Square

    In 2000, Rockwell Group transformed the magnificent Second Empire Guardian Life Building into the flagship W Hotel, which is now akin to a romantic, light-filled conservatory, its lobby bar and guest rooms offering guests panoramic views of Union Square, one of the most vibrant Manhattan neighborhoods. The overall design draws its cues and craftsmanship from the beaux-arts style of the existing building, which dates to 1911, infused with an eclectic mix of contemporary decorative arts. Asked back to the property in 2009 to update the property, Rockwell Group has added playful, sensory, lush accents to the lobby and guest rooms to further emphasize the hotel as a chic urban retreat.

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  • Walt Disney Family Museum

    The Walt Disney Family Foundation Museum is situated in one of the former historic 19th-century barracks buildings in the Presidio in San Francisco. The museum is a reflection and celebration of Walt Disney’s lifelong work, accomplishments, and the period of American history that he greatly influenced, and includes interactive exhibits on his personal life and career, permanent and flexible gallery spaces, an auditorium, a children’s learning center, a museum store, and a café. Rockwell Group oversaw the interior architecture and exhibition design of the museum, while San Francisco-based Page & Turnbull oversaw the building renovations in collaboration with the Presidio Trust. Rockwell Group created an immersive environment that educates visitors about the life of Walt Disney by hearing his voice and providing access to his personal artifacts and stories that have previously been inaccessible to the public. Storytelling was one of Walt Disney’s greatest talents, and Rockwell Group wanted to honor this legacy by using the tools Disney used throughout his career to innovate in this field: art, music and technology.

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  • Wasabi by Morimoto

    In addition to Harbour Bar, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel also features Wasabi by Morimoto restaurant, a dining experience that transports guests into a magic box of red lacquer wrapping from the staircase to the restaurant entrance. Traditional Japanese motifs, such as drifting cherry blossoms and crafted joinery on the walls, permeate the space. A large work of art by Sadanand Shirke defines the freestanding sushi counter and teppanyaki kitchen. An intimate private dining experience for 8, complete with a personal chef and exclusive sushi preparation, takes shape in a room featuring a sculptural round table lit by an oversize custom pendant dome of hammered metal.

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  • Wildwood Barbeque

    Rustic and industrial intersect at this urban take on barbecue. Highlights include a peaked wood-beamed ceiling, steel-frame garage doors, nicotine-stained glass panes across from the 50-foot-long bar topped in a recycled-paper composite, original concrete flooring, and blackened-steel details celebrating the factory aesthetic. In this project showcases, Rockwell Group found creative ways repurpose the ordinary and found and utilize environmentally conscious materials.

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  • Yotel

    The U.S. flagship YOTEL on West 42nd Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan’s vibrant theater district is the first location of the hotel brand outside of Europe. YOTEL came to Rockwell Group to collaborate with the UK-based design firm Softroom, to transfer the efficiency, flexibility and forward-thinking technology of their London and Amsterdam airport properties into an innovative, hip and affordable urban hotel. Rockwell Group created a façade, public spaces and guest rooms that will appeal to the on-the-go, tech-savvy world traveler. With the largest outdoor terrace space in Manhattan, a destination restaurant, residents’ and first class lounges, a bar, and event and meeting rooms, everything that guests need is at their fingertips.

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