The Lodge at Walnut Creek 147
Walnut Creek, California, USA
Design completion: 2015
The Lodge at Walnut Creek is an eight-story
the crisscrossing furrows and ridges found in
meeting rooms, pre-function space, a lounge
modernist hotel and conference center
the bark of the walnut trees. These patterns
and a garden terrace. These open, connected
located 30 miles east of San Francisco
rely on different window and wall panel types
spaces erase the boundaries between the
and adjacent to the Iron Horse Regional
that are combined horizontally and vertically
interior and exterior environments.
Trail, a popular destination for pedestrians,
to provide a visually dynamic facade that is
horseback riders and bicyclists.
open to the north, tighter along the east and west sides, and shaded along the south.
Overlooking Mount Diablo, the lodge features 180 guestrooms, a premier restaurant
The local beauty of the landscape inspired
and bar, a rooftop ballroom, a lounge and a
the warm palette of natural materials.
terrace. The scenic location, mild climate and
Guests arrive at the lodge beneath a broad,
proximity to upscale shopping, restaurants
cantilevered porte-cochĂ¨re, then step into a
and tourist attractions create an ideal location
welcoming space that features a canopy of
for a relaxing hospitality experience.
wood extending from the ceiling. The wood surrounds an enormous hearth that anchors
Walnut groves and oaks of the surrounding
the lobby and bar. Glazed doors slide to
forests inspired the design. Organic building
seamlessly link the interior spaces with the
forms curve gently to reduce solar stress on
adjacent terrace and entry courtyard.
all vertical surfaces. A replicating pattern
â—„ east view
of slender vertical windows and copper wall
With panoramic views of the surrounding
panels provides an abstract representation of
hills, the rooftop level houses a ballroom,
2015 design annual
164,000 sq. ft. / 15,235 sq. m.