Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Project Location

Honolulu, HI

Architect

Group 70 International Ltd

Product

SL45

Case Study: Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Looking for a way to highlight the tropical outdoors while providing a unique beachfront hospitality experience at Honolulu’s Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, the design team at Group 70 International found a way to do just that—with stunning results.

Project architect and principal Tom Young MBA, AIA, noted that there were two areas that the client wanted to focus on when updating the property: the lobby and select timeshare apartments. To this end, Young and his team specified NanaWall's SL45 folding glass wall system to create the elegant and breezy, bring-the-outdoors-in atmosphere the client desired.

Bringing the Outdoors In

For the apartments, the idea was to create a flexible space configuration, allowing guests to enjoy their space to the fullest. “We wanted the opening at the lanai to be as wide as possible, and the NanaWall system worked with our design concept,” says Young. “We wanted to extend the guests’ living experience outside as far as we could, so they can even sleep outside if they choose to.”

In the lobby area the charge was similar: Create a space that makes the guests feel instantly connected to the surrounding beauty of the islands.

“We wanted the opening at the lanai to be as wide as possible, and the NanaWall system worked with our design concept.”

The Flexible Solution

The SL45—a top-hung folding door system—allows the select spaces to serve as a completely enclosed and private spaces benefitting from NanaWall’s robust sound attenuation properties. Quickly, however, the SL45 opens for access to exterior areas.

This flexibility could not be achieved with conventional sliding glass doors and partitions, notes Young. "Before we chose NanaWall we looked at some similar systems from manufacturers in Canada and Australia. While the systems were similar, we decided to go with the NanaWall based on features and cost. In a recent façade test, the NanaWall System performed quite well,” he adds.

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