Le Méridien Hotel, Clayton, Mo.
ARCHITECT, INTERIOR DESIGNER AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: HOK
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: DAE Group
CIVIL ENGINEER: Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers
MECHANICAL & PLUMBING ENGINEER*: Murphy
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER*: Guarantee Electric
ACOUSTICS: Longman Lindsey
GARAGE STRUCTURE: EDM
FAÇADE/ENCLOSURE: Mosaic Engineering & Consulting
INTERIOR LIGHTING DESIGN: Reveal Design Group
FEE PURCHASING FIRM: Bray Whaler
GUESTROOM/GUESTROOM CORRIDOR AND BALLROOM/MEETING ROOM CARPET:
LOBBY & BAR/RESTAURANT CARPET: Shaw
CUSTOM SEATING: Marquis Seating
Silverwest Hotels selected HOK for the major renovation and interior design of the 300,000-square-foot Le Méridien Hotel in downtown Clayton, just outside of St. Louis. To refresh the 17-story building’s exterior, HOK provided all new glazing work; façade updates; a new window system, increasing natural light by 30 percent; and a new porte cochere, giving the building a sleek, modern feel.
For the interior, Le Méridien wanted to create a sophisticated space highlighting St. Louis and its roots as a French city. Upon entering the third-floor lobby, check-in desks echo French writing desks, accented by subtly arching standing lamps of blackened steel and polished brass. Art in the foyer uses organic shapes to create a map of the city of Clayton. The lobby also includes the Salon, a living room and informal business center for guests to gather, filled with mid-century modern furnishings along with dramatic and playful artwork.
Steps from the lobby, guests pass the Inner Parlour restaurant, which features a private dining room for events, a buffet, grab-and-go area, and bar that transitions from breakfast to liquor via sliding panels covered with abstract art. The Grand Salle ballroom features a fleur-de-lis motif and includes a pre-function area, as well as small meeting rooms on the second floor with all new finishes. Denim-blue colors and walnut wood accent the restaurant and ballroom for a Midwestern feel.
For the guestrooms, HOK’s design evokes a modern pied-a-terre. Room furnishings feature a mid-century modern influence with pops of denim-blue color and Hermes orange. Thoughtful design elements help guests unwind as if they were at home, including a large bathroom with an expanded shower, illuminated mirror and more. Amenities include a new outdoor pool on the fifth floor with a lush, open terrace overlooking downtown Clayton. HOK also converted a storage area on the 17th floor into a new fitness center filled with natural light.
The project won a 2021 Building St. Louis Award—Renovation More than $5 Million—from the St. Louis Business Journal.
BEFORE PHOTO: courtesy HOK; AFTER PHOTO: Lauren Rubinstein Photography