The Atrium Hotel, reconsidered.
Dwyer, Jeremy Matthew
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There has been a major transformation in the hotel type, from the traditional lobby space to the atrium style. This movement towards the use of atriums in hotels has greatly affected hotel design and has also changed the function of hotels, both socially and as an economic generator. The transformation in hotels has created new design opportunities, changed the psychological meaning of the hotels for many people, and created a larger investment return. The addition of the atrium lobby has changed the goal of many hotels; it has allowed architects to create a larger public space and a space in which to evoke and enhance positive human reactions and interactions. In addition, atrium design allows natural items to be incorporated into the atrium, creating an outdoor plaza feel into the interior space. First, I will research the origin of atriums in hotels. Specifically, I will trace the development of atrium hotel design, including: the design development of French hotels in the 17 th century, the first hotels that used atriums (1800's), the changes from the early 1900's to the late 1990's, and ending with my design for the 2000's. I will research and show the methods and development of hotels such as those by John Portman, that had a significant impact on the development of hotel design. These studies will help me show and prove why the atrium design evolved and has persisted. After this research I will uses the advantages of the existing hotels and project new developments in my own hotel design.