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Using Biophilia in Hospitality Design inspired by the Coral Reefs in South Carolina

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Using Biophilia in Hospitality Design inspired by the Coral Reefs in South Carolina
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Ralle, Kara Anne
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Xenia is a boutique hotel located in downtown Charleston, SC. The goal of this project was to design a unique destination hotel that utilizes biophilia to reflect the city of Charleston while also pushing the concept past the traditional coastal style. The target audience for the hotel became millennial to middle-aged business professionals and leisure. The program of the hotel includes a grand lobby entrance, lounge area, 48 guest rooms, a market,bakery, restaurant and event space. The concept was inspired from the important coral reef ecosystems that exist off the South Carolina coast that protect the local marine life. Elements of a coral reef are represented through materiality and form throughout the hotel. Sculptural ceiling conditions are used frequently, as well as materials and colors present in nature. Xenia creates an aquatic atmosphere for guests, surrounding them with organic elements to reinforce a marine environment. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Design, summa cum laude, on May 8, 2018. Major: Interior Design
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College or School: College of Design, Construction and Planning
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Advisor: Candy Carmel-Gilfilen. Advisor Department or School: Interior Design

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University of Florida
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K A R A R A L L E Honors Thesis Portfolio KR

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HOSPITALITY PROJECT LOCATION Charleston, SC SIZE 60,000 sq. ft. SPRING 2017 Fourth Year TIME FRAME 9 Weeks PROGRAMS Revit, 3Ds Max, Photoshop INDIVIDUAL

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LOBBY

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Concept Xenia is a species of coral known for its peaceful, pulsing movement. Coral became the inspiration for the design reecting the importance of South Carolinas reef systems, which are a cruicial ecosystem for the marine life in the area. Charleston itself has a very strong traditional coastal style. The Xenia Hotel challenges this traditional style, immersing guests in a unique sculpural design reecting elements of the ocean and a coral reef.

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The material palette in the space reects marine life with the use of soft natural materials, mimicing the appearance of the sand and ocean. The vibrancy of a coral reef is pulled into the design with bright orange accents and bold patterns and textures. Sculptual ceiling conditions are a prominent design element throughout the hotel aiding in waynding and sense of place.

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FIRST PLOOR PLAN FIRST FLOOR RCP LOBBY LOBBY LOUNGE

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LOUNGE The illuminated ceiling condition mimics the ow of an ocean current, pulling guests through the space from the entrance back to the elevators past the lobby. With the emphasis and focal point being the ceiling conditions in the space, guests feel submerged in the design as if they are truley underwater.

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SECOND & THIRD FLOOR PLAN GUESTROOMS

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KING SUITE FLOORPLAN KING SUITE RCP CORRIDOR ELEVATION

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KINGSUITE RESTROOM ELEVATION KING SUITE LIVING AREA KING SUITE ELEVATION Moving up to the guest rooms on the second and third oors, there is a shift from the underwater feel of the lobby, to the coastal atmosphere of the rooms and corridors.This shift offers a refreshing change for the guests that feels calm and relaxing with more muted nishes and lighting.

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KING SUITE BEDROOM The soft toned nishes and organic patterns give a modern take on a coastal design.

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FOURTH FLOOR RCP FOURTH FLOOR PLAN

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HighTide is a seafood bar & grill located on the fourth oor of the hotel. The design ties back into the aqautic atmosphere of the lobby with the soft blue and tan tones and accents of orange. Another present theme in this space is the importance of Charslestons ports both historically and in the present. This is reected through materiality, shifting to become more industrial with the use of metals and bold, patterned tiles. HOST STAND ELEVATION

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The bar features a custom wine rack made from hammered brass metal. This piece serves as the focal point of the bar, reinforcing the emphasis of sculpted organic forms as a recurring theme throughout the hotel spaces. HIGH TIDE BAR ROOF TOP PATIO The roof top patio servers as another space for guests to eat or relax in the evenings. It includes dining tables, lounge seating, and a stage for live entertainment and events. This custom booth seating surrounds another refelction pond which features live coral, tying more literally back to the concept of the hotel. CONCEPT SKETCH BAR ELEVATION

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MAIN DINING AREA Blue toned patterns and textures tie in the aqautic concept of the restauant while the orange upholstery and brass ceiling conditions add warmth and interest to the space.