The goal at the Allure, a holiday condominium in Waikiki, was to create a residential feel and have more usable spaces. The original interiors felt large and institutional. Modern design solutions and a quiet, neutral palette are introduced, making the dated property more appealing to sophisticated travelers not requiring mai tais and tiki torches on their vacations. A sense of place was subtly introduced through tasteful art and ocean ephemera.
We solved the institutional problem by creating space within the space and treating it like a home. On one side of the lobby we created a den with a coffee bar, newspapers and magazines. We relocated the security desk so they would have a more guest service interaction. On the other side we created a living room that was more residential and inviting with books, art and furnishings that communicated grace and hospitality. Amazingly, the moment we completed the transformation the lobby was active with residents. No longer merely a pass-through, but a valued lifestyle component.