New York (December 2, 2010) – During a breakfast ceremony at the International Hotel Motel + Restaurant Show, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC won the prestigious Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design for best guest room, Park Hyatt Macka Palas, Istanbul, Turkey. Randy Gerner, AIA, Principal and Bryan Bennett, Director of Design, accepted the award on behalf of the firm. The Park Hyatt Macka Palas was also a finalist for Best Hotel Design – Urban. Honorees were selected by a panel of notable industry experts from a field of more than 180 projects representing 19 countries.
Park Hyatt Maçka Palace marries historic and exotic elements with modern and luxurious, creating a unique space perpetuating Istanbul’s current culture. In addition to the façade restoration, GKV Architects designed 85 spectacular guestrooms, five penthouse suites, an ultra-hip rooftop bar, and a first-of-its-kind for Istanbul – a steakhouse, for the spare-no-expense luxury boutique hotel.
Each opulent guest room is equipped with numerous amenities including a chilled cosmetic cabinet, a state-of-the-art fully-stocked wet bar and fridge, i-Pod plug-ins and approximately two dozen light setting choices to adjust the mood and character of the room reflecting the guests’ current mood or character. Paying homage to the Turkish rituals and traditions of bathing, a separate room reserved for toilet and bidet as well as additional specially designed drinking and washing vessels were incorporated into the design. GKV Architects created a distinctive bathing experience called wet rooms, which feature five different bathing events: a splash tub, a rain shower, a Turkish bath, a steam shower and a light therapy shower.
“The Park Hyatt Macka Palas effortlessly combines historic and modern design to create a unique guest experience. We are thrilled that our work has been recognized by our peers and proudly accept the Gold Key Award for Best Guest Room Design,” explains Randy Gerner, AIA, Principal of GKV Architects.
About GKV Architects
Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC is an award-winning New York City-based architecture and design firm with a focus on quality base building and interior design solutions. Founded in 1995 by Randolph H. Gerner, AIA, Richard N. Kronick, AIA and Miguel Valcarcel, AIA, the firm, with a professional staff of 40, has a broad portfolio of work in the residential, corporate, commercial, restoration, hospitality and institutional fields totaling more than 30 million square feet.