Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
H2 Hotel in Healdsburg, California by David Baker + Partners Architect (designed using Photoshop and Revit)
April 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
h2 Hotel is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council to become a LEED Certified building at GOLD level. Creek-side solar-heated pool!
The first glimpse of the undulating green roof of the h2 Hotel signals your arrival in downtown Healdsburg. The small, stylish inn—little sister to the grand Hotel Healdsburg down the road—welcomes visitors with its straightforward, vivacious feel. A broad glass entryway draws guests into the lobby lounge, a dynamic commons that invites mixing and lingering, with a reception desk that doubles as an intimate modern wine bar. Spoonbar!, the hotel’s modern Mediterranean restaurant, shares the space.
Registered for LEED certification, h2 Hotel infuses all aspects of its design, operations, and attitude with eco-consciousness—including such energy-saving measures as a green roof and solar panels.
Reclaiming the site of a gas station, the inn is a key part of the restoration of Foss Creek, which flows through the length of the town. The inn embraces the creek, preserving the giant, spreading Live Oak tree and restoring the surrounding banks.
The hotel rejects fussiness and caters to active users with a scaled-down pragmatic luxury. Custom bike racks hold PUBLIC bicycles on hand for guests to take a spin around town. In contrast to the energetic common spaces, the simple and functional rooms offer a restful retreat from the activity of busy north Sonoma County days.
The lobby’s fire element was designed with Leonidas Kyriakopoulos, artist and artisan extraordinaire. www.ldkwork.com
H2h bathroom mock-up featuring Heath tile, made in Sausalito. We built a mock-up room to test the concept. The flame element for h2Hotel by artist/fabricator Leonidas Kyriakopoulos. You can’t have much more fun than this!
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