The Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
The Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel is the first Marriott hotel of the Renaissance brand in Poland. Looking for a form for the hotel, we did not run away from aeronautical references. They have become a way for us to find ourselves in the industrial and technological architecture of the airport surroundings. We have created the concept of a slightly unreal building, at the same time taking into account the useful values of a modern hotel and conference facility. We are the authors of not only the architectural design of the building, but also its main interiors - halls and restaurants.. While designing the interior of the hotel, we were looking for inspiration in the Polish design and graphics of the 1960s and the architecture of the former International Aviation Station.
Positioned right in front of the airport’s departure terminal, the hotel exposes seamless, smooth, black surfaces that bring to mind the futuristic hulls of stealth aircraft. Not only the building’s appearance was inspired by aviation technology – the immediate proximity of the airfield necessitated extra measures to be taken with regard to acoustic insulation. The hotel’s design involves a set of outer glass panes attached to the structure’s facade in addition to the inner windows. All of this makes Renaissance blend in perfectly with the industrial framework of the airport. As one of the authors of the project – put it: ”We have created a structure that has a surreal quality to it, while still possessing all the utilitarian value expected from a modern hotel/conference building”.
The sleek graphite facade is contrasted with the bright wood in which the arcades and ceilings of the exposed lobby are wrought. Such design aims at creating an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality. As guests walk out of the airport and into the hotel, they enter an altogether different world – one that is welcoming in a relaxed, pleasant manner. The hotel’s halls and restaurant – also designed by JEMS Architekci – were inspired by Polish 50’s and 60’s modernism, as well as the style of Warsaw’s original International Airport. The angled structures, raw excellence of concrete and wood, geometry of ceilings and mezzanines, the singular decorative details – they all add to the modernist spirit of the hotel.
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel comprises 225 rooms, including 11 luxury suites. At the guests’ disposal are: a swimming pool, saunas, a gym and a SPA zone. There are also no fewer than 7 conference halls, 844 square metres in total. The hotel’s ballroom can accommodate 350, while the Challenge ’32 restaurant seats 123 guests. The interiors of the rooms, conference halls and the recreational zone were designed by Towarzystwo Projektowe. Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel’s investor is Chopin Airport Development – a company created by Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe ”Porty Lotnicze” (PPL), which is responsible for developments located around Poland’s airports.