Celebrating Disney, re-defining the guest experience
The award-winning Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels, designed during an era when hotels focused on delivering standardized guest experiences, presaged the rise of the boutique hotel and helped change the course of hospitality design. While their exuberant designs responded to Disney’s vision of entertainment architecture at a theme park, it was the idea of creating desirable, unique, and locally focused guest experiences that had a profound and lasting effect on both clients and other architects and designers.
Total design, immersive experience
Michael Graves, working with Principal Patrick Burke, used the site planning, architecture, and interiors to create immersive experiences throughout the hotels and their convention center, one of the largest in the Southeast. With supergraphics, artwork, exaggerated forms, and an outsized sense of humor, no surface remained untouched, and almost all of the furniture and furnishings were custom-designed. Later renovations overseen by Graves updated the guestrooms for the needs of modern travelers, including business people attending conventions who needed more technology-enabled work areas within the guest accommodations.
Michael Graves, FAIA. Also involved: Patrick Burke, AIA
Associate Architect: Alan Lapidus
Lake Buena Vista, Florida (Americas)
2 million SF, 2,278 guestrooms, 178,000 SF convention center
1990, public are and guestroom renovations 2002
AIA New Jersey Award, Progressive Architecture Design Award
At Michael Graves we create design that clients dream of. We not only care about what we create we care about who we create it for.
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