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September 24, 2015 | Lima, Peru
Daniel Piana, speaker of the Innovation in Hospitality panel SAHIC 2015
September 10, 2015 | Lima, Peru
DPA&D Sponsor of SAHIC 2015 The event for those involved in the hotel business
SAHIC, the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, is the annual event of international level aimed at promoting the Hotel and Tourism business and related
Real-Estate industry projects in the region, which has become a classic that continues to re-invent itself year after year.
March 17, 2015
Integrated Design: Developing aesthetic and functionally coherent strategies
DPA&D views architecture, interior design and industrial design as integral parts of the whole. They express a unique vision, style and philosophy which should translate into the design process. The integrated design approach is essential when planning a building, which in addition to having the optimum architecture and design is efficient regarding the business it will accommodate. Integrated design involves management and development processes in which architecture and design coexist from the project’s earliest phase: the needs assessment. It relies upon consensus regarding guidelines, procedures and professional practices that share the same goals. Integrating architecture should rely on a universal and eclectic vision to achieve bold or traditional solutions according to the client’s needs. DPA&D’s professional practice reflects global influences in techniques and procedures, respecting the cultural heritage of each place.
Interiorism is a deep level of insight that requires looking inward and becoming aware of the site’s geography, rhythms, shapes, colors and its sense of place. This approach is also guided by a design philosophy that embraces an eclectic and universal vision. Globalization continues to be a strong influence, reflected in the choice of colors, materials and other building components, but ruled by the firm commitment to the place’s uniqueness, character, and the beat of the land. As for industrial design, critical to hotel design, its main feature is generating concepts of quantity, repetition and scale. DPA&D has taken advantage of this discipline to establish a relationship between the search for aesthetic consistency and the cost estimate of diverse components. Their experience in a range of projects has given them an important competitive edge, not only by optimizing production processes, but by achieving aesthetic solutions appropriate to each design.
February 27, 2015 | Brasil
Sheraton Reserva do Paiva, the first five-star hotel in Pernambuco, Brazil Casa&CIA Mazagine
The primary focus of DPA&D, an international firm specialized in hotel design, has been respecting the region’s lush natural environment set in a tropical climate. Led by Argentine architect
Daniel Piana, the project showcases a luxury development with 30.000sqm of constructed area. The hotel stands out for its façade and its white construction.
February 23, 2015 | Brasil
DPA&D leaves a legacy of valuing a region’s historical heritage and its own natural resources
Intended to welcome tourists during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Sheraton Reserva do Paiva hotel, designed by architect Daniel Piana, from DPA&D architectural firm, leaves a legacy of valuing a region’s historical heritage and its own natural resources, by bringing these notions to the foreground throughout the whole layout proposal. Close contact with the region’s dazzling lush
landscapes is ensured thanks to the seamless integration of indoor spaces and outdoor environment. The hotel project features seven superior floors with 298 rooms, including 18 suites, a swimming pool, bar, gourmet restaurant, common areas and meeting rooms, a convention center, spa and beach club, among other facilities.
January 20, 2015 | Buenos Aires
Sustainable construction and integrated design, key features relating to the hospitality business “Hotel Interior Design and Architecture Trends”, at the Central Architects Society.
Architect Sebastián Piana, representing DPA&D firm, exchanged experiences and know-how with a leading team of professionals. The meeting was attended by accomplished experts, architects, developers and businessmen involved in the architecture and construction sectors. On the complexities of hotel building, Piana said: “Hotel architecture development planning, as well as that of hospital architecture, is a highly complex process. You need to consider the owner’s business model, thoroughly understand the product and adapt international hotel chain standards to local practices. Construction usually involves huge buildings, with complex facilities and the urgent need to save energy over long building periods. These issues also relate to the building’s design and staff management. A critical aspect is what we define as integrated design, which involves conceiving and defining both the architectural structure and the interior design at the same time.” On sustainability in the hospitality industry: “Sustainable hotel construction is an end in itself. Hotel chains don’t generally require
it, but they do encourage it. Despite cost overruns impacting return on investment, hotel owners are committed to green practices, because sustainable building yields a significant amount of depreciation over time. Energy efficiency is a key issue. Investors are not always willing to invest more at the start of a hotel building project, but in many cases, the higher initial investment pays off over time.” On flexible architecture that lasts through time: “How to adapt a hotel to the ever changing needs and demands of hotel guests over time? Today flexibility is a key factor since, compared to previous times, it is often necessary to completely restore a hotel in very short periods of time. The reasons for this are linked to the demands of the chain and the acceleration produced by changes in tendencies and ideas. At DPA&D we are constantly in the lookout for a timeless design that can successfully withstand changes in trends and fashion. Through a flexible, integrated design, our hotels are capable of adapting programs and services in longer periods of time, guarantying the highest investment efficiency”
January 20, 2015 | Buenos Aires
Sustainable construction and integrated design, key features relating to the hospitality business Architecture firm DPA&D recently participated in two workshops with experts in hotel business and sustainable architecture
Good practices of building construction using sustainable construction materials: During a media discussion on sustainable construction organized by Áreas Globales, centered on good practices of building construction using sustainable materials, architect Sebastián Piana exchanged work experiences and know-how with a renowned group of specialists. Architects belonging to prominent Argentine firms; representatives of real estate developers, such as TGLT, Grupo Monarca, and CRIBA construction company; managers of Argentina’s Green Building Council, and sustainability experts participated in the forum. <br> Architect Sebastián Piana highlighted DPA&D’s experience in Brazil while running the Hotel Sheraton Reserva do Paiva’s project, inaugurated a few months ago in Recife, Pernambuco. The design was aimed at earning Leed’s Silver Certification and Procel’s A Certification: “The hotel owners’ decision was based, on the one hand, on their globally recognized
commitment to environmental practices, and, on the other, on the enabling environment promoted by Brazil’s policies in the form of soft loans for cost recovery in sustainable architecture investments. In this case, on account of the area’s high conservation value, investments went toward acquiring grey water recovery technology, energy efficient LED lighting, and air conditioning systems, among others. Brazil offers the right environment for sustainable building to thrive, largely thanks to three conditions: adequate regulations, society’s environmental awareness and government incentives.” Sebastián Piana ended by saying: “There is a growing interest in sustainable architecture in Latin America’s hospitality industry. Hotel owners are becoming increasingly aware of significant energy savings that allow depreciation over shorter time periods. In addition, more and more tourists begin to see the benefits of choosing a green hotel.”
January 7, 2015
Interview Leader´s Point of view with Daniel Piana
Daniel Piana was interviewed by SAHIC as one of the leader´s point of view in the hopitality industry.
November 6, 2014 | Buenos Aires
Sustainable construction: the challenge that lies ahead – Architect Sebastián Piana attending the roundtable discussion on sustainable construction.
Good building practices and the use of sustainable materials were the focus of a media roundtable session, organized by Áreas Globales at the Feir’s Park Hotel. Attended by a large group of qualified experts, specialists exchanged a vast array of experiences
and know-how. At the end of the day, architectural excellence and fine design are in themselves sustainable: there lies 80% of the answer to the demand for good building.
October 28, 2014 | Recife, Brazil
DPA&D and the challenges of hotel sustainability at the Sheraton Reserva do Paiva
DPA&D architecture and interior design firm was responsible for the comprehensive project development of the Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel. Inaugurated in Recife, Pernambuco, during the recent Soccer World Cup in Brazil, the project’s main challenge was preserving the environment in a natural setting. Headed by architect Daniel Piana, DPA&D was commissioned to manage this demanding assignment, because of the firm’s expertise in sustainable hotel architecture, as well as luxury resorts specializing in interior design. Its appointment was also the result of decades of experience in successfully designing and developing Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in several countries in the Americas. The Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel was entrusted to DPA&D architecture and design firm by Promovalor Group developers, together with Starwood operators. Head architect Daniel Piana points out: “Sustainability in the hotel industry involves a comprehensive approach to design and architecture, resulting in optimal comfort levels, with increased energy efficiency, responsible use of natural resources and respect for the environment.” In this case, such requirements had to fit Sheraton’s building demands and
standards. The design was aimed at earning Leed’s Silver Certification and Porcel’s A Certification. In order to meet this challenge, DPA&D focused on improving energy efficiency, especially in the building envelope, lighting, and sophisticated climate control systems. Regarding the relationship between sustainable investment and the payback period of this project, architect Daniel Piana explains: “The higher initial costs involved in sustainable building compelled us to apply rigorous value engineering during the process of selecting materials, and deciding on constructive and operative systems, in order to keep the project within budget. It should be noted that a higher initial cost is offset by lower operating costs for hotel projects, reducing the investment’s amortization period.” DPA&D is a firm with thirty years’ experience in luxury hotels and world-class design, as well as in designing strategies for large scale and complex sustainable buildings. These unique features were key aspects in meeting the challenge of developing the Sheraton Reserva Do Paiva Hotel.
June 16, 2014
Sheraton Reserva do Paiva is opened
The Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel, which opened by the 2014 World Cup, integrates into its architecture, a colonial past that stems from the Portuguese and Dutch colonization roots of North-eastern Brazil, with the distinct features that differentiate the area from the rest of the country. Materials, textures and colours emerge as a need to meet the rather rigorous tropical climate conditions which, in turn, lead you to spend time in the open air, in contact with such luxuriant prodigious nature.
Colonial architecture is embodied, stylized and redefined into contemporary white architecture that features roomy and ample windowed areas. Such extroverted architecture develops as fully integrated with the exuberant greenery and marine environment. As regards interior design, the proposal starts off from such self-imposing contemporary white architecture without losing sight of the array of images, textures, and materials of the environment.
May 19, 2014
30 years
For thirty years, DPA&D has been devoted only to the hotel industry, designing hotels that are more than just buildings, they are beautiful living environments. Ours is one of the world’s only
companies specializing in both architecture and design exclusively for hotels. DPA&D-designed hotels become healthy investments, yielding profitability to those who own and operate them.
April 23, 2014
Institutional Recycling Program
At DPA&D we have set up an institutional recycling program, managed by +O2, a sustainable development consulting firm. We separate paper from plastic in custom-made recycling bins and recycle organic waste through vermicomposting, a natural, environmentally sound solution for organic waste management. We believe that to be truly environmentally committed as a company,
we need to be constantly learning about how to promote sustainable development. Our partners undergo intensive training to protect the environment to the best of our abilities. We also use consistent monthly metrics to monitor the firm’s environmental impacts.
April 7, 2014
Interview with Daniel Piana
"Whenever a guest stays at a hotel designed by our studio, anywhere in the world, the guest experiences and perceives the flair
of the local culture through the interplay of colours, textures, and other regional distinctive features..."
April 7, 2014
DPA&D was shortlisted in the International et al Awards of London
Design et al are delighted to announce that DPA&D have been shortlisted in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014 for the Hotel Design Award – North & South America with the Westin Lagunamar in Cancun, Mexico. The architecture and design project is integrated with nature; it combines indoor and
outdoor spaces by means of a structure with monumental porticoes in conjunction with intimate micro spaces. The guest can enjoy both the close proximity of nature and a comfortable homey feel.
April 7, 2014
Community Engagement
At DPA&D we believe promoting sustainable development begins at home, which is why we sort, reuse and recycle all our resources. We take special care to sort materials and make them available for reuse.
Our fabric samples are donated to be reused by waste picker cooperative El Ceibo, who produces and markets recycled materials.
March 11, 2014
Real Work with Real Clients Program
The DPA&D architecture and design firm participated in the Real Work with Real Clients program, sponsored by the Palermo University. Interior design students were challenged to come up with an idea to design a gourmet corner for a hotel. Our firm’s partners attended classes and provided feedback to students.
When work was completed, project winners were chosen. The jury included architects Daniel Piana and Elina Piana. The winners were Angie Rojas: 1st prize; Cristina Jiang: 2nd prize; Noelia Chae: 1st honorable mention and Laura Victoria Grün: 2nd honorable mention
February 28, 2014 | SITIO ANDINO
Leading Business Hotel Intercontinental Mendoza.
The Intercontinental Mendoza Hotel earned an important distinction at the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA), voted as the world’s leading business hotel 2013. The awards ceremony took place last month at the ancient Huacca Pucllana temple in Lima. These honorary awards, established in 1993 to acknowledge, celebrate and reward excellence in the tourism, hospitality and travel industry,
were voted by the chief executives of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourism board chiefs from the whole continent, together with the public, who had the opportunity to pick their favorite nominees from 32 different categories divided by sectors.