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2 May 2014

Marriott Marquis Hotel Opens Its Doors in Washington, DC

Marriott Marquis

HOK designed the interiors of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, now the city’s largest hotel spanning almost a full city block.

Marriott Hotels has opened the 1,175-key Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., the 4,000th hotel for parent company Marriott International Inc. The $520-million project was designed by Cooper Carry Architects and TVS Architects, with interiors by HOK. It is planned to be one of the country’s largest LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotels.

Marriott Marquis 2Connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse, the hotel lobby features dramatic sculptural pieces and a 44,000-square-foot glass ceiling that streams light into surrounding rooms. The highlight of the lobby is a 56-foot high, 27,000-pound sculpture, dubbed “The Birth of the American Flag,” by renowned Baltimore-based sculptor Rodney Carroll. Two  54- and 52-foot bronze and silver walls, “America” and “Flag,” frame the grand staircase to the lobby’s terrace. A cherry blossom branch is woven into the running the length of the white marble floor of the lobby, which also includes a glass enclosed fire pit and two water sculptures (“Threads That Bond” and “Stars”).

Custom designed guest rooms by HOK feature a neutral palette, with interior-facing rooms and suites offering views of the extravagant lobby while those facing the exterior provide views of downtown. Dining venues include casual restaurant Anthem; upscale lounge The Dignitary, which includes a 40-seat outdoor patio; a high-tech sports bar called High Velocity; a lobby bar with locally sourced food; and a specialty restaurant scheduled for opening in late 2014.

Serving as the convention center’s anchor hotel, the Marquis has 105,000 square feet of meeting space, including 83 meeting rooms, three ballrooms and two terraces.

Images courtesy Marriott Marquis Washington, DC