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Case Study: Gaylord Texan Resort

CONCEPT: The design directive for the 1,511-room Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX was to represent the diversity and richness of the various regions and cultures of Texas through the interior design and architecture, noted James Carry, principal and design director, Wilson & Associates. The design team was wary of “down home Texas” themes, wanting instead to create an elegant and inviting space that would reflect the natural beauty of the state and one that would also function as one of the world’s finest convention center hotels, Carry indicated.

EXECUTION:
The Texas flavor of the property is especially evident in the lobby where walls of Texas stone, wood rafter ceilings and Lone Star and longhorn motifs were used to create a grand entry space. The Texas influence continues in the registration area where guests check in at a desk made of marble and wood with rope molding. The decorative western leather craft furnishings in the lobby are sophisticated for this “Texas” look, according to Carry. Leather upholstery is stitched, tooled, hand painted, braided, appliquéd and finished with nail heads in neutral colors and turquoise accents. The lobby opens into the lobby lounge where large stone fireplaces invite guests to relax. Luxurious hand-made rugs in warm red, browns and blues contrast dramatically with the stone and add comforting, relaxing softness, Carry added.

RESULT:
The lobby provides a real “Texas” design experience and sets the tone for the rest of the massive complex, according to Carry. A wide array of building materials was used, all native to the state. Marble, granite and limestone were key design components for the interior spaces. To balance the hard surfaces of the walls and floors, the design team softened the surroundings by using overstuffed furniture, tapestry-covered chairs, large area rugs, rustic iron and wood pieces, and classic Western art. A color palette of rustic reds, chocolate browns, beiges and splashes of colors such as turquoise enhance the hotel’s sophisticated look.