Completion of Phase II of a multi-million-dollar
renovation of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA, included a total
redesign of the main lobby, which now features slabs of White Venatino marble.
After four years in the making, Phase II of a
multi-million-dollar renovation of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA,
has been successfully completed. This phase of the project focused on the
addition of the new Atrium Ballroom and fitness center and spa as well as the
renovation of the existing Marquis Ballroom, main lobby and front desk. A
refined chic look was achieved in the main public spaces with Italian marble
“The existing building was outdated and worn, and it was in need of significant
programmatic, functional and finish upgrades,” said Project Manager Chris
Curley of Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), an architectural
firm with offices in Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, Dubai, UAE, and Shanghai, China.
“The renovation expansion’s goal was no less ambitious than a complete
reinvention of the hotel, reconsidering every element with regard to the
architectural marvel of the existing atrium.”
“White Venatino is a white marble with gray veining,”
explained Project Manager Chris Curley of Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback &
Associates (TVS), an architectural firm with offices in Chicago, IL, Atlanta,
GA, Dubai and Shanghai, China. “The white brought in a clean modern look, while
the gray veining tied into some existing marble on the project that was to
One area of the hotel that experienced a complete
transformation is the main lobby. A new reception desk was built, the concierge
desk was relocated and new seating areas were added - creating a striking space
for guests upon arrival. The redesign also involved separating the new front
desk into sections, allowing employees to readily reach the guests.
Additionally, new self-service check-in kiosks were installed into a custom
White Venatino marble slabs contribute to the overall classy design of the main
lobby. The material was used to form the front desk counters and faces.
Complementing the white marble is wenge wood below and anegre wood pedestals.
Slabs of White Venatino marble were also employed for
the facing of the hotel bar, which is called Pulse.
“Stone was the material of first choice because of the
high level of finish and the durability that the project required,” said
Curley. “White Venatino is a white marble with gray veining. The white brought
in a clean modern look, while the gray veining tied into some existing marble
on the project that was to remain.”
The White Venatino marble was also utilized for panels in the porte cochere and
the facing of the hotel bar Pulse. Moreover, the walls in the porte cochere
that come into the lobby are comprised of limestone with a split-face finish -
bringing texture to the design.
Flooring in some public spaces of the hotel is
comprised of 24- x 24-inch granite tiles.
For the flooring in the main lobby, Bianca Verona and
Zimbabwe granite were chosen. The stone was installed in a 24- x 24-inch
format. According to the design team, selecting a stone to work with the existing
marble that was to remain on the Atrium level posed a bit of a
“That particular stone was original to the building, and it was no longer
available,” explained Interior Design Project Manager Roxanne Otto Harrell,
adding that the client was involved and approved all material selections. “We
wanted to find a stone that would complement the existing without looking like
we were trying to match it exactly. We settled on a white/gray granite with
brown flecks to coordinate with the gray/white veined marble.”
The walls in the porte cochere that also face the
lobby are made of Botticino Fiorito limestone with a split-face finish.
The Phase II renovation/expansion project of the
Atlanta Marriott Marquis began in March of 2004 and was completed in August of
2008. The design team was on site weekly to oversee the installation of the
“It was overwhelmingly successful,” said Otto Harrell. All aspects of the
renovation included an upgrade to the very latest in technology and access
infrastructure to support the audio-visual needs of almost any type of event,
according to TVS. “The new design is a reinvention of the space and pushes the
hotel into the 21st century in the hotel meeting and convention industry,”
stated the design team.
A high-end look was also created in the restrooms with
Rossi granite vanity tops and tile floors.
Sidebar: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Phase II Renovation
Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), Atlanta,
Interior Designer: TVS Interiors, Atlanta, GA
Stone Supplier/Installer: Andrews