Omni Escapes Magazine Escapes Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 10

DESIGN Transitional Spaces CREATIVE CONVERSIONS ALLOW ROOMS TO TRANSFORM FOR MULTIPLE PURPOSES. BY MICHELLE FRANZEN MARTIN At Omni Frisco Hotel, which opened in July, the lobby bar converts from a coffee bar in the morning to a wine bar in the evening. At Omni Frisco Hotel in north Dallas, a lobby bar transforms from a coffee bar in the morning into a wine bar in the evening. It’s a perfect conversion that makes the most of the hotel’s space. The quick- change solution is an example of transitional or flexi- ble space, a design trend in which rooms change for multiple functions and purposes. “It keeps activity and liveliness in the hotel lobby all day long,” says Laura McKoy, creative director + vice president of interior design for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “You don’t have dead or dark spaces at any particular time of the day.” Other Omni properties, including Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, have similar cof- fee-to-wine bar designs. At Omni Charlotte Hotel, the lobby bar converts from a coffee bar to a bar that offers multiple local craft beers on tap. The lobby bar also has an extensive food menu offering small plates and plates to share. One key to pulling off day-to-night spaces like these is the lighting. “These spaces all have natural light,” McKoy says. “I think that’s what in part makes it successful: During the day it is light and airy, but FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Design-eV5-e.indd 10 | 10 | in the evening when the sun goes down that atmo- sphere changes because it becomes a little moodier.” The concept of transitional space is not limited to hotels. Thanks to startup company Spacious, restau- rants in New York City are being transformed into a network of co-working spaces during the day, when the eateries are closed for dining. Transitional areas are also found in off