22 Apr AWARD – JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
Kay Lang + Associates
Design Journal Award Nominee
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa is a 516-key property that brings modern luxury with a strong sense of place to Central Florida. The resort is located near Disney World in Orlando Florida and offers 50,000 square feet of meeting spaces. The resort is thoughtfully designed to bring people together, offering warm and inviting social spaces and amenities. The interior design was inspired by local nature and the surrounding Bonnet Creek with its native heritage and craftsmanship. It takes its clue from history in celebrating nature’s soothing color palette, organic textures, and tones. Bold graphic elements are inspired by the Seminole history of basketry and reinterpreted into a modern sense in the interior vocabulary.
The Design Process
The design was viewed through a new lens- modern “Seminole Chic”. Layers of natural woven leather, wood and stone materials along with the unique use of physical geometry are expressed throughout the ceilings and floors with artful angles, circles, and oblong shapes. The resort houses large meeting facilities and the objective was to create spaces that reflect the stars and astrological features that the native tribes might have used to navigate in this area. Modern technology was integrated into all spaces to allow for guest comforts.
This project was LEED Certified and designed to a LEED Silver Standard. It was completely produced in REVIT. All the materials considered were specified with the following in mind:
- Low flow and water conservancy specified plumbing fixtures
- Specification of custom furniture made with non-toxic glues
- Specification of countertops made from recycled concrete and glass
- Forest Stewardship Council-certified trim and molding for all woods
- Specifications of fabrics and upholstery materials that are chemical-free
- LED lighting specifications for decorative lighting bulbs in concert with a lighting consultant
- Specification of occupancy sensors shut off lights when no one is around
- Selection and specification and use of low-VOC paints
- Use of locally sourced materials such as the stone flooring and walls
- Specification and use of local vendors to recycle demolished material such as carpet and padding, metals, and ceramic tile debris.
- Collaboration with Architects/MEP to provide specifications for air conditioning controls in guest suites are automatically reduced by several degrees when guests leave and are reset to desired temperatures upon their return.
- Use in the design of natural daylight and acoustic performance
- Greater focus on improving indoor air quality through more approachable air testing options in design and proving more natural ventilation.