The Perils of “Brutal” Architecture: Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hasn’t Aged All That Well

Here’s your “brutal architecture” from architect John Portman over at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Well, part of it, anyway.

The no-longer-revolving site of the former Equinox Restaurant:

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(Yes, they leave their Christmas lights, oh, I’m sorry, “holiday” lights up all year ’round, a practice considered “tacky” where I’m from.)

The whole place is nothing but concrete, plus some tiles on the floor.

This the lobby from above – tile everywhere:

Via Brandon Doran

But see what the employees have done? They’ve laid down some carpeting, you know, to ease the pain, the brutality:

(Especially when there’s water on the floor on a rainy day, you can’t really tell that you’re inside a building. Some guests don’t like that.)

Anyway, all the deets:

“This seminal 20-story gray concrete structure—designed by influential architect John Portman, who launched the trend toward indoor-outdoor hotel environments—is the focal point of the Embarcadero Center, where more than 100 shops and restaurants cater to the Financial District. The spectacular 17-story atrium lobby (listed by Guinness World Records as the largest hotel lobby in the world)…”

“Cozy” this place is not.

Take a visit sometime, why not?

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2 Responses to “The Perils of “Brutal” Architecture: Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hasn’t Aged All That Well”

  1. Tyson says:

    Sweet BLOG! Is this your first?

    Anything they can do to warm that place up is AOK with me!

  2. arabconstruc says:

    Love your blog…keep it up. The building is well planned and I would like to congratulate them.

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