POV Lounge & Terrace, US

March 12, 2015

Cocktails with a view will never be quite the same again with nemaworkshop’s versatile redesign of POV’s lounge and terrace. Indoors or outside, the views are endless.

With bars that transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor, a 3,200 sq ft terrace and American pride beaming throughout, the W Washington D.C.’s newly renovated POV lounge and terrace invites guests to enjoy a cocktail atop the nation’s capital district.

Hotel group Starwood commissioned interior architecture and design studio nemaworkshop to draw inspiration from the rich history of D.C. and craft a playful narrative that speaks of the conversation between the capital’s iconic architecture, history and modern night-life scene.

Having worked on other W Hotel projects, nemaworkshop knew to focus on a concept narrative derived from historical, social and physical insights. They created versatile settings in which one can go comfortably on a date, in a large group, on business, or for the ultimate outdoor dining experience with a spectacular view.

With the indoor Dome bar, transitional VIP bar, and outdoor terrace POV bar, nemaworkshop created different areas from communal, to banquette spaces and seating nooks. In each of these spaces, the lighting was used as a means of story telling. POV is dowsed in gold, vintage marquee lighting with chandeliers from Danish company Fransden, and a back wall made of a few hundred brass dowels depicting three interpretations of presidential portraits fabricated by Gladstone Industries. Combined, these features depict the presidential wealth of the treasury building, all designed by nemaworkshop.

Another tribute to the history of D.C. is the lighting feature above the communal table, marking the date, 16 July 1970, in giant bold numbers that looks down over the table as guests dine. The numbers commemorate the approval of the Residence Act for the creation of the capital district.

Lastly, the Red Tape wall is an integral element in combining D.C. history with its contemporary significance. Created by artist Lady Aiko, who’s eclectic work is part of a current wave of global contemporary street art.

Each of these elements in the POV bar and terrace seamlessly deconstruct barriers between past and present, standing as a vibrant mark of achievement in history and design.