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This 260,000 square foot hotel has a symmetrical footprint for the building. The east and west wings of the building envelope the beach space, creating a central location for beach side lounging, dining, and pools. The interior of the space follows the same pattern. Guest rooms are located on the west wing and suites can be found in the east wing, along with the amenities. This is to place the suites and higher paying guests closer to the amenities and the beach. The interiors of each space are lively and reflect the colorful, diverse, and unique culture in the Bahamas.
The location of this grand hotel has an influence on the design of the interior spaces. As this is a tropical destination for traveling guests, incorporating the Bahamian culture into the hotel was important. This was done in multiple ways. First, through the curation of art from local artist, either residing on the island, or who are Bahamian. This brings a clear visual of the culture into each interior and supports local artists. Second, the use of tropical, organic, and color patterns and textures helps to celebrate the mixture of patterns and colors found in Bahamian clothing and artwork. Finally, using colors that reflect the energetic, historical, and tropical environment can clearly be seen in each space. By using warm colors, such as yellow, orange, and red, this invites an uplifting and exciting mood to each space. To counter the heightened mood, these warm colors are paired with blues and greens to soften the intensity.
The design for the branding and wayfinding throughout the Elton hotel is minimalistic. The moody design with elegant fonts are meant to represent and reflect the status of the hotel. By keeping the designs within neutral colors, this helps to allow the colors of the interiors speak in the space. The branding and wayfinding techniques then blend into the structure of the building and allow the artwork and installations to be the main focus in each space.