As part of the dynamic Uptown District in Houston, Texas, the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria was designed by Gensler to appeal to business and leisure travelers. The design team was inspired by the geology associated with Houston’s oil and gas industry and incorporated patterns and colors that reflect the special character of the region, thus giving the hotel added authenticity and sense of place.
The open, multi-function lobby serves as a workplace, social gathering area and relaxing living room with a bar, lounge, market and formal dining. Areas are defined without solid walls to maintain the open, easy flow of spaces. As such, Zahner engineered and fabricated a series of interior lobby partition walls manufactured from Solanum Steel and a combination of Banker Wire’s IPZ-25 (in stainless steel and copper) and P-282 (in copper).
The simple, lightweight, intercrimp woven wire mesh IPZ-25 utilizes the strength of stainless steel and different wire diameters to achieve balanced stiffness. The intercrimp surface also gives the material a high degree of reflective energy and a beautiful contrast with the mixing of copper and stainless steel. The addition of P-282 introduces a fine scale pattern woven as a plain crimp weave with a well-balanced spacing:diameter ratio. Overall, the full-height metal screens that undulate in and out, maintain transparency and allow daylight to permeate the lobby. A guest entering the hotel can immediately get a sense of what the space offers.