Hotel San Luis Obispo
Architect + Interior
San Luis Obispo, CA
Tanveer Badal & Ryan Gobuty
Finishing on the cusp of covid, this new boutique hotel in San Louis Obispo, California was unknowingly premediated to embody what we seek during the pandemic: authenticity, ingenuity, outdoor connection, and a hyper-focus on the environment. This central-coast oasis seamlessly blends the relaxed essence of its bohemian location with an underlay of sophisticated technologies.
The team was challenged to create a new-construction 78-room hotel that aligned with small-town’s values. The open-format design welcomes locals while immersing guests in a true SLO experience. The lighting respectfully situates itself within the surroundings using dark-sky techniques and well-commissioned timeclock settings on a preset control system to reduce lumens after-hours. The lighting package specified both met strict budget VE goals of only $12/SF for lighting equipment and performance requirements of Title 24 and CALGreen without sacrifice to experience.
Lighting is choreographed beginning at arrivals. A prominent corten sign punctured by native plantings uses high CRI linear in-grades to bring out the warmth of the metal while featuring the greenery. Lighting only illuminates the sign without stray light and maintains a bird-friendly atmosphere in this small coastal town.
Up-lit corridor ceilings internally backlight the façade’s texture while keeping energy, light trespass, and cost low. Much attention was given to pour-in-place, concrete shielded, LED details in the public egress paths to outdoor dining.
The volume of the lobby opens up into a wooden ceiling mimicking the peaks of nearby mountains. A crisscross of track pockets strategically placed highlight both seating and artwork with proper offsets for aiming and current limiters for energy. Locally made leather-strap pendants and LED floor lamps bring an intimate glow to social pods. Shelves were purposefully illuminated at the restaurant bar and not at the coffee bar to provide a change in mood from day to night in this singular open space.