Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn - West End, Washington D.C. nears completion

Hilton Garden Inn - West End, Washington D.C. pricing set is nearing completion today. Though incomplete, a taste of drafting magnificence to satiate the most discriminating of palates.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Importance of Drafting 3D Equipment Rooms

As the design capabilities throughout the industry continue to evolve it is important to realize the benefits that can be derived from the aforementioned evolution. Below is an in-progress color image of an equipment room for a 50 meter municipal pool in Oro Valley. Creating an accurately produced equipment room allows us to take a flat shot image of any zoom, at any angle, from any place in an equipment room to then keynote so as to provide the most accurate and detailed drawing sets for our clients and the contractors tasked with building our designs.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

H,O + K Circa 1956...all that's needed is Shelby Foote

We love images like these, they are an astute reminder of not merely the longevity of an organization, but the colorful, circuitous path an organization travels as it grows. Special thanks to the bloggers at H, O + K for posting this one about two weeks ago. Now, if only the we could marry the syrupy timbre of Shelby Foote's Mississippi drawl to this picture; we would then have a first-rate PBS documentary!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Eight-Year-Old Impresses with Detailed Model

We found this post last week on Cannon Design's blog pretty interesting. Granted, it features the Richmond Olympic Oval that Cannon Design produced; however, we can't help but find the quality of this eight-year-old's modeling efforts anything but amazing!  Thanks to Cannon Design for this one.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Marketing Your Resort – It’s Still All About the Pool: Look No Further than Conde Nast Traveler

Marketing Your Resort – It’s Still All About the Pool: Look No Further than Conde Nast Traveler

For those who have perused our blog since its inception shortly after the Jazz Age, and just prior to the Black Tuesday stock market implosion of '29 you will well remember an earlier post extolling the necessity and virtue of getting the aquatic element of your property right, the first time. At some point in the midst of a peyote soaked delirium astride a wild vision quest in the high desert with our Yaquis guides our head of marketing stumbled into the brilliance of a timeless catch phrase specific to our niche market: It’s All About the Pool. 

The impetus behind this moment of creative brilliance rests with the simple fact that any marketing effort made with a full service hotel or luxury resort property is done with the pool area in mind.  No greater image captures the imaginative, calming warmth of serenity, escape, and sublime comfort than that of the resort swimming pool. It has been, and remains the marketing jewel of any property.  While my quiver is full of penetrating syntax to captivate and convince the reader of the importance of getting the pool right, I can instead preserve my literary energies and leave you with a veritable plethora of covers from Conde Nast Traveler, the most esteemed travel magazine in print.  

The irony of the montage is that despite the magnificence of the photography, the pools themselves are far from transcendental.  In closing, to leave the design not only of the pools, spas, and water features but they’re accompanying mechanical filtration and sanitation systems to a flock of drunken orangutans would be the paragon of insanity.  Whether you’re an architect, landscape architect, resort developer, hospitality brand executive, or hotel management company, we sincerely believe you’ll find our services valuable.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hilton N'Djamena Pictures from the High Mayan Priest of Aquatics

Like a benevolent High Mayan Priest of Aquatics standing above on the altar of the El Castillo pyramid of Chichen Itza I bring you, loyal denizens of this swimming pool-filled dominion, the architectural renderings so demanded the last two weeks featuring the aquatic element of the Hilton N'Djamena. We sincerely hope this will placate the demands of so many; not only for quality pool renderings, but for Salinger-esq run-on sentences as well. Special thanks to the Salim Group for providing these images.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Aqua Design International - Random Thoughts

Surely dear reader(s) you clamber desperately for another delectable morsel of industry specific knowledge and insight that only be found in the tomes of the Aqua Design International blog.  We briefly toyed with the idea of articulating a desperately long synopsis centering on the importance of the oxidation reduction potential (ORP) of the swimming pool water. Instead we spent an inordinate amount of time deliberating on the validity and credentials of specific collegiate basketball teams sitting on the bubble. Sadly there is little to report so we ask you, dear reader(s), to remain in a holding pattern until something substantive manifests itself in the near future.