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Finally 4 stars

230 count cotton is coming

Today the Design Review Committee gave the go ahead for foundation work to start for the new downtown Westin at the BJCC. Courtesy of Joseph Rabun of Rabun, Rasche, Rector, Reece Architects, we show you the design of the hotel exterior (note: these renderings will continue to change as the design develops).

Do we spy Chris Hastings to the right?

The exterior is planned as a mix of brick and Centria metal panels, a high quality architectural panel system. Above you see the planned covered terrace and seating for the “signature restaurant” to the right of the image–Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club has announced he’s negotiating to run it.


As noted in this blog previously, the design has been revised so that not just the restaurant, but conference areas to the other end of the hotel open onto the street. Above you see the “storefront” articulation in the wing which houses the swimming pool on the roof. I’d prefer real stores to conference rooms/corridor space, but at least the scale of the wing is human.

Almost vegas

Last but not least, the second floor pool, surrounded by terraces, health club, and cabana bar. OK, it’s not exactly the Tower Suites pool at the Wynn Las Vegas, but it looks nicer than most other downtown hotel pools I can think of in town.

More on this project and the surrounding entertainment district as we get more info.

[by clicking on the images you can enlarge them]

[Thanks to Rabun Rasche for the renderings]