The entry plaza, with its elaborate paving patterns, carefully orchestrated landscaping and imposing, curved entry canopy, becomes the unifying element in the entire ‘urban’ composition, a truly public space on a grand scale which brings the disparate architectural pieces of the Center into a fully realized formal relationship.
The new addition contains a 45,000 square foot main ballroom that holds 3,300 people and can be divided into four multipurpose spaces: a 7,000 square foot ballroom, three prefunction galleries, five meeting rooms and a full-service kitchen with loading facilities.
Reinforced by a strong color palette, the Convention Center’s horizontal silhouette contrasts with the vertical, gridded facade of the Hotel. Four major forms create the collage-assemblage: the curvy, striped primary volume of the main ballroom and prefunction gallery; the entry canopy; and the two rotundas. One rotunda connects to the Hotel with stairs, escalators and a glass-block bridge; the other is accented by a square-punched window, an iconic form on the more visible west corner.
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