As the centerpiece of a new walkable urban community, Houston’s Marriott CityPlace at Springwoods Village strikes the perfect harmony between the urban environment while incorporating nature and the pastoral landscape.

Part of the center of a walkable urban community, the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village sets a hard edge against its urban setting on one side, while gently engaging the site’s pastoral pond and woodlands on the other. Between the two, Gensler created a 339 key property that provides the guest with an energy that is distinctively urban, balanced with an ability to relax and unwind in this sustainable development. Drawing inspiration from the railroad and lumber industry in Spring, Texas, the space features metal detailing throughout, creating a distinctively urban ambiance that simultaneously acts as an oasis, taking guests away from the chaos of the surrounding city.

Elements that compose the influential history of Spring are incorporated throughout the space –from the brick colonnade to the stained wood panels, all accented in bronze detailing, down to the abstracted track switch art installed behind the reception desk. The lobby’s sophisticated design includes metal details that draw inspiration from the railroad industry, which both defined Spring’s past and paved the way for its future. As guests explore the conference center, they will notice subtle hints of the local pines and enjoy panoramic views across the ponds outside of the pre-function space. Here, the rustic brown carpets relate back to the needle-covered floor of the pine forest that was once on this site.

Graceful and sophisticated, the design of Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village is inspired by meandering paths, forest trails, flowing creeks, calm lakes, and indigenous species of oak and pine. The layering of regional and historic details is thoughtfully crafted in a contemporary style to captivate and connect guests to the brand. The brick and stone elements nod to the urban setting, while earth tones and long-leaf pine relates closely to the landscape native to this land, establishing a distinct link to nature. Returning to the urban edge, the bar and restaurant, Switchouse, invites the working community into the property morning, noon, and night. In addition, the hotel features unique spaces including a grand ballroom, a junior ballroom, five meeting rooms, a boardroom, a pool bar event space, and an expansive outdoor event area.

Being USGBC’s LEED Silver certified, the hotel places special emphasis on building envelope design and mechanical systems performance. The mechanical systems for the guestrooms have an enhanced locking system, which allows the building to understand room occupancy and adjust the mechanical system accordingly in order to save on cooling loads. The building massing allows for primary views to the north and south, away from the major interstate highway, which also provides for minimized western exposure to heat gain. Additionally, the pool deck is located in such a way as to receive sun throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village celebrates the journey of a new way of being for a new generation, leading the growth of Spring, Texas into the twenty-first century, offering a variety of uses for residents to live, work and play in one place. It supports guests who are traveling through locations and life by empowering, captivating, and delighting them. The hotel is a unique destination for both locals and travellers alike, an alternative hospitality experience.

Project: Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village
Location: Houston, USA
Design Studio: Gensler
Photo Credits: Peter Molick Photography
Website: gensler.com

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