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Westin Ottawa


Westin Ottawa

New Interiors Throughout • New Double-Story Facade • Amenities and Additions

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Westin Ottawa


Westin Ottawa

New Interiors Throughout • New Double-Story Facade • Amenities and Additions


 

This design involved a 3-year, 5-story, multiphase

renovation of a 495-room hotel. By integrating new architectural elements, furniture, finishes and lighting with existing structural elements, we transformed massive interior spaces into welcoming centers of activity.The first phase was the redesign of the hotel’s main lobby which had been dominated by tiers of escalators and a bell-shaped chandelier - elements that were dated and unattractive. We removed part of the 2F slab and designed a double story glass storefront allowing natural light to filter into the atrium. A 14-ft wide fireplace clad in backlit alabaster and sculpted walnut suspended 33 feet from the 3F ceiling slab and custom chandeliers evoking fireworks provide new focal points for the atrium volume. Public spaces abutting the atrium were given new recessed low-voltage lighting, finishes and furniture featuring warm woods and rich colors to integrate the 15,000 square feet of the 3-level lobby into a dramatic but more intimate whole.


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Apple Soho


Apple Soho Store

First Flagship Store • 70' Skylight • 15' Glass Bridge

Apple Soho


Apple Soho Store

First Flagship Store • 70' Skylight • 15' Glass Bridge

Designing with Steve Jobs

Apple transformed a former post office in New York’s Soho district into the first of its retail stores. Working in collaboration with Steve Jobs, Apple and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, RRA was part of designing the prototype for subsequent Apple stores around the world, setting new standards in retail design. The 18,000 s.f. interior invites consumers with its use of costume-designed glass features – a 15' high staircase, an indoor bridge and a 70' long skylight – echoing the iconic design sensibility of Apple products.  The Apple Store has since garnered numerous accolades, including recognition by The American Institute of Architects and Business Week for Design Excellence.


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Westin Harbour


Westin Harbour

Day/Night/Evening Designs • Pedestrian & Vehicular Access • Facade Studies

Westin Harbour


Westin Harbour

Day/Night/Evening Designs • Pedestrian & Vehicular Access • Facade Studies


 

RRA was hired by Starwood Capital to improve the

hotel's street presence and develop a welcoming location identity for both cars and pedestrians. The existing arrival experience was dominated by a utilitarian pre-cast parking structure at the podium of the hotel complex on a wide semi-industrial street. RRA proposed concepts and developed two alternate schemes to re-clad the existing structure with a back-lit curtain wall: one with multi-colored glass on steel rods at different depths to add more visual interest to the monolithic plane of the massive façade – and the other with a dynamic torqued volume with backlit acrylic panels. In addition, RRA proposed modifying the planters, sidewalk, stairways, signage and site lighting to enhance the pedestrian experience. 


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Tracy Reese


Tracy Reese

Flagship Store • Hourglass Curves • Fushia Resin Wrap

Tracy Reese


Tracy Reese

Flagship Store • Hourglass Curves • Fushia Resin Wrap

The Femininity is in the Detail.

Embracing the sweeping curves of a woman’s body, fashion designer Tracy Reese’s signature style is reflected in each curve and dip of this 2,200 s.f. store. Sloping walls course an hourglass shape around the discerning consumer, visually dividing the space into two display areas. Richly detailed with custom touches, the store bursts with a fuchsia resin cash wrap, curved stainless steel display fixtures, cove lighting and central chandeliers, accentuating the space with a robust and yet delicate femininity inherent to Ms. Reese’s celebrity-sought brand.


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Four Acres


Four Acres Development

New Construction • 153 Hotel Rooms • 44 Condo Units

Four Acres


Four Acres Development

New Construction • 153 Hotel Rooms • 44 Condo Units

RRA designed a premier hotel & condo development

on a 4-acre site. RRA collaborated with Mathes Brierre Architects to develop a program that would set a new standard for modern buildings in the southwest.RRA designed two opposing curved structures on the triangular site to capture views of a mountain. The program includes a private interior courtyard, sub-grade parking, retail, spa, bars, restaurants, ballroom and meeting spaces, 153 hotel rooms and 44 condo units. The multi-level Zen garden in the courtyard features a cascading two-story waterfall.RRA considered the unique eco-climate and implemented the steps necessary to receive LEED certification. The exterior envelope of the building will feature glass, local flagstone, concrete and a metal louver system and large covered balconies.


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Emerald Planet


Emerald Planet

Wrap & Juice Bar • Soho & Rockefeller Center • Prototype

Emerald Planet


Emerald Planet

Wrap & Juice Bar • Soho & Rockefeller Center • Prototype


 

Emerald Planet offers a healthy alternative to fast food

through its “Wrap and Smoothie” parlors in upscale Manhattan neighborhoods.  The successful restaurateur needed a design and presentation for its 1700 square-foot downtown eatery that would convey a fresh, alternative approach in a contemporary environment that would be both beautiful and highly functional.Ronnette Riley Architect incorporated an expansive glass façade, dramatic lighting, and complimentary natural materials and colors to create an attractive and inviting space and communicate the restaurant’s concept of healthy, high quality food and value pricing in an elegant yet relaxed setting.


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Pecan Cafe


Pecan Cafe

20+ Seat Cafe • Illuminated Display Vitrines • Service Counters

Pecan Cafe


Pecan Cafe

20+ Seat Cafe • Illuminated Display Vitrines • Service Counters


 

This 800sf café had a large program for a tight space

including seating for over 20 customers, a service bar, display cases, back work counter and multiple equipments. The small kitchen had to be configured around a new ADA compliant restroom and still accommodate full service. The challenge was to fulfill the ambitious program in a light, modern and comfortable space with a European flavor.


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Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola

Monumental Stair  •  Illuminated Path  •  Interactive Displays

Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola

Monumental Stair  •  Illuminated Path  •  Interactive Displays

Re-envisioning a Recognizable Brand

With RRA’s keen sense of the consumer’s shopping experience and an understanding of the company’s global strategy, Coca-Cola Fifth Avenue sought a store that would delight in the vintage history and fun of one of the world's most visible brands. A key element enticed visitors into the 150 ft. long store with an illuminated path flanked by a captivating wall display, floor pattern and undulating ceiling treatment.  Visitors are encouraged to linger as they view interactive videos, exhibits and merchandise. A monumental staircase and sculptural bronze railings along the narrow space holds the attention of the busy shopper in one of the highest-profile shopping districts on the planet.


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Restoration Hardware Broadway


Restoration Hardware

Broadway

Historical Restoration • Antique Application • Double Staircase

Restoration Hardware Broadway


Restoration Hardware

Broadway

Historical Restoration • Antique Application • Double Staircase

Redesigning to Restoration Hardware’s Standards

RRA worked with Seaton Wilson Architects to restore the original architectural details in the renovation of this 16,000 s.f. retail space. Through research of historical drawings and analysis of painted surfaces, two antique clocks were carefully restored and the original structure's cast iron columns were revitalized with new painted wood fascia and Corinthian capitals.  The team retained Restoration Hardware’s signature feel while also bringing a landmark building facade back to life.  By conforming to Restoration Hardware’s design standards, a new prototype was created for urban furniture retail stores with new interior columns, display areas, a double staircase and an elevator that connects the store’s two floors.


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Restoration Hardware Soho


Restoration Hardware

Soho

Three Levels Combined • Flagship Branding • Historic Renovation

Restoration Hardware Soho


Restoration Hardware

Soho

Three Levels Combined • Flagship Branding • Historic Renovation

Recasting the Roaring Twenties

Renovating while restoring is Restoration Hardware’s signature brand, while also being a honed skill of RRA’s New York-based architects. This 1920s Neo-Classical building designed by Thomas Lamb was a former post office located at the corner of Prince and Greene Streets in the historic Soho district. In order to revitalize this 16,000 s.f., three-story grand dame, Lamb’s original drawing for the façade was used to inspire and transform the building’s frontage, while honoring the district’s flair for progressive style.

 


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New World Coffee


New World Coffee

Prototype • Diagonal Counter • Metal, Stone & Glass

New World Coffee


New World Coffee

Prototype • Diagonal Counter • Metal, Stone & Glass


 

New World Coffee was created to introduce darker

more flavorful coffee to New York City. The design mandate was for our firm to create a store that evokes the warmth and aroma associated with authentic espresso beverages.  Earth tones, stone, and wood were used to establish this atmosphere.  To catch the attention of passersby, a green-gold backdrop was used to generate an inviting warm glow contrasted by cream colored walls and floor and enhanced by the ambient lighting.  By highlighting the back of the space, the entire shop becomes a storefront.The diagonal line was the prime motivator behind the scheme on both the experiential and functional levels. The counter, punctuated by pendant lights along its edge, draws the eye into the space.  It works as a promotional device by inducing a dialogue between passersby and the shop. Rather than facing an interior wall, the diagonal placement of the counter creates a strong visual interaction with its surrounding space that, in turn, invites impromptu or future visits.  At the same time, placing the counter on the hypotenuse maximizes its presentation length and creates a deeper free space for activity in front, thereby avoiding the typical "galley" layout.  


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Davis & Warshow


Davis & Warshow

Showroom & Event Space • Gallery Design • Curved Surfaces

Davis & Warshow


Davis & Warshow

Showroom & Event Space • Gallery Design • Curved Surfaces

The Flow of this Multi-Purpose Showroom

Fixtures curated as art. Sinks hung like paintings. Water used as the primary medium. Every aspect of the Davis & Warshow showroom is adjustable to meet the needs of the changing products or events, while delightfully embracing the movement of water. Presented without running water, flowing materials are embraced throughout the design.

The first step into the showroom is on a sienna orange rubber mat. This soft flooring insinuates a landlocked waterfall by sliding up and over the reception desk, then over a curving bench and onto a wall of rubber dotted with honey-colored Chroma Resin. Displays are set in 36 movable pods, each with a drop-in panel of stone and presented in walnut on the original industrial wood floors under exposed oval duct work. The sales area is separated by semi-opaque resin dividers, and, rather than line the perimeter with displays, there are 21 large windows that focus the showroom inward. The final touch transforming the lush waterworks from retail to presentation or party is the pre-set lighting system, uniting the space according to the attendees.  


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Walker Zanger


Walker Zanger

6,400 s.f. Showroom • Curated Stone & Tile • Historic Exterior

Walker Zanger


Walker Zanger

6,400 s.f. Showroom • Curated Stone & Tile • Historic Exterior

An Exceptional Showroom for this Exclusive Tile & Stone Master

Collaborating closely with the Walker Zanger design team, RRA created a series of zones and sample rooms to engage the discerning consumer. Awash with bright light, clean lines and briskly presented real-world scenarios, our design expands the mind while compelling the globally garnered stone products into each scene.

 


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America's Coffee


America's Coffee

One World Trade Cafe • Prototype • Lobby Kiosk

America's Coffee


America's Coffee

One World Trade Cafe • Prototype • Lobby Kiosk


 

Prototype espresso bar designed for One World Trade

required the counter to be a high visibility kiosk, appropriate to its location on the concourse level at the World Trade Center.  Special design considerations included an awkward existing corner site, asbestos problems, and the necessity of maintaining maximum visibility and efficient pedestrian queuing without interrupting the heavy flow of traffic in the busy public corridor.The architecture centers around the strong, pure geometry and tapered volume of the semi-circular ‘barista.’  The canopy structure, in shot-blasted copper and aluminum, is suspended above the counter and reinforces the strong shape of the kiosk while providing space for signage and lighting:  two-foot high, stainless steel, pin-mounted letters spell out the name of the client.  The canopy also conceals a track for a rolling security gate and the new walls provide pockets to store the retractable gate when the store is open.The materials were carefully selected to coincide with the overall dynamic of the space yet be functional and easily maintained.  The front counter is a combination of marble and composite stone, while the back work counter is non-directional stainless steel.  Blue aniline-dyed and light stained Ash create a differentiation between the central ‘barista’ and the serving counter.  Serving trays at the specialty drink serving counter are laminated with heat-sensitive, liquid crystal sheets that react to the heat of the cups set on them, creating ephemeral designs on the counter.  The rear wall is painted with a motif of the world map, pierced by three flat-screen, plasma televisions.  The remaining walls are treated in encaustic paint in rich shades of maroon, yellow and green complementing the logo.


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Juice Bar


Rockefeller Center Juice Bar

Juice Bar • Prototype • Organic Tones & Materials

Juice Bar


Rockefeller Center Juice Bar

Juice Bar • Prototype • Organic Tones & Materials


 

Emerald Planet builds on a conscious break from

images traditionally associated with fast food. This second incarnation, a 2000 sq. ft. “Wrap and Smoothie” parlor with a 225 sq. ft. juice bar near the subway entrance one floor below in Rockefeller Center offers a quality product in an upscale environment.  This “new style” eatery is contemporary and functional.The Rockefeller Center challenge was to incorporate the restaurant on the concourse level, which was under a major renovation. Our work required coordination and integration with the building and building systems. The challenge of all start up businesses is to control the costs of construction and ensure that the project opens on time.Taking advantage of the glass façade of the renovated concourse, the design takes on a transparency that highlights the cooking and prep work that are the trademark of these establishments. The materials, shapes and textiles are dramatically illuminated to set Emerald Planet apart from the fluorescent light of the neighbors.Complimentary natural materials throughout the space create the design vocabulary.  Sage, wheat, olive and ochre painted walls provide “organic” tones for the glass, stainless steel and terrazzo surfaces. These are balanced by natural and aubergine stained cherry wood.  Accents of gunmetal and rebar are used on tabletops, chair legs and the belly guard service bar.Many of the shapes encourage the flow of traffic within the space and by emphasizing sculptural elements.  Visual cohesion is maintained between the zinc meridian strips in the terrazzo floor and the lines of the banquette, service bar and stainless steel counters.  The curve of the service bar is reinforced by curving pendant lights above.  These “gestures” terminate at an angled soffit overhead and a partial wall, which provides a separation for the back work area. 


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American Symphony


American Symphony Orchestra

Lincoln Center • Translucent Glass • Custom Millwork

American Symphony


American Symphony Orchestra

Lincoln Center • Translucent Glass • Custom Millwork

Translucent Opulence for the League of American Orchestras

Moving their headquarters from Washington D.C. to Manhattan required a deep understanding the changing needs of this national advocacy organization. The League sought out RRA for a design solution that would accommodate their daily administrative and fundraising operations while also converting 10,000 s.f. into musical performance areas when necessary.  Because of our adaptability to the special constraints faced by non-profit organizations, we were able to design a space replete with a contemporary malleability as well as an upscale opulence befitting to their member orchestras.

From the point of entry, glass walls unify the organization with translucence. Approaching the meeting rooms, the glass turns opaque, creating privacy inside. In the interest of spatial flexibility, we created a custom conference table that breaks down into 10 pieces so the room can hold a concert or several variations of meetings. The end walls of the conference rooms are constructed of frameless glass with a special film that varies in opacity depending on the vantage point of the viewer. The custom-designed, 24-seat conference room and furnishings are constructed of maple, maple burl and cherry. Lighting touches ranges from perforated metal hall sconces to curving halogen light mounted above to steel tracks. This beautiful space crescendos to the needs of its staff and its symphonic members - a modern orchestral movement of the architectural skills of RRA.


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RRA Office


Ronnette Riley Architect

New Lobby • Conference Rooms • Material Library

RRA Office


Ronnette Riley Architect

New Lobby • Conference Rooms • Material Library

The Inspiration Inside Suite 7401

From the renown vista point that is the Empire State Building, RRA has been designing from her home here for over 28 years. A complete fit-out customized for its staff and client needs, the vibrant and expansive office invites collaboration among its architects, interior designers, interns and clients – all the while enjoying the architectural marvels that compose Manhattan. The office features a brand-new lobby with reception and waiting area, as well as two conference rooms with sweeping panoramic views. The firm's material library has also doubled in size, as has the new kitchenette and printing suite. As RRA expands, plans to grow into nearby offices continue to evolve. 


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Tribeca Dental Office


Tribeca Orthodontics

7 Patient Areas • 3 Administrative Offices • Reception

Tribeca Dental Office


Tribeca Orthodontics

7 Patient Areas • 3 Administrative Offices • Reception

Maximizing the Second Office for Success

This 1,800 s.f. space has exposed brick and a warmer palette, which lent themselves to our client’s second office in this historic, trendier area. The long, linear space proved challenging in housing the request for seven patient areas, laboratory, two private offices, three administrative areas and reception area. Always up to the task, RRA packed a generous warm style and functionality into the design, while adhering to the specific requirements unique to this successful dental practice.

Upon entering the space, the large arched window welcomes visitors. The reception desk, curved softly in natural oak and walnut, guides them to the private patient areas, which is separated by textured resin panels. Private administrative areas are defined with sliding doors hung from exposed barn-door hardware. Dental chairs required to be at specific angles are accommodated, including accompanying equipment, cabinetry and lab area. The corridor terminates at a split-level stair directing one either up to the private office and laboratory, or down to the basement storage and server areas. Finishing touches throughout the office engage a warm, earthly aesthetic by using strand grain bamboo flooring, river rocks set in resin on the bathroom floors and warm yellow and green tone paints. The space uses environmentally sensitive materials, as well as recycled finishes, providing the perfect complement to the philosophy of the practice.


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Shattuck Hammond


Shattuck Hammond

Investment Firm • Olive & Pumpkin Palette • Curved Toned Wood

Shattuck Hammond


Shattuck Hammond

Investment Firm • Olive & Pumpkin Palette • Curved Toned Wood

A Contemporary Take on Art Deco for this Healthcare Investment Firm

When Shattuck Hammond Partners, Ltd. relocated to a 14,000 s.f. office in Rockefeller Center with commanding views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and The Empire State Building, it sought out RRA to design a warmly appealing space to conduct its evolving business.  Arriving clients are welcomed initially into a gracious room lined from floor to ceiling in macore pomele wood panels, elm burl accents and stainless steel accents. Curved walls in rich colors of olive and pumpkin encaustic plaster and toned woods continue directing the flow of space toward the working area of the firm.