Project Name: Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World
Category: The Americas & Caribbean Categories – Hotel Over 200 Rooms
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date completed: September 2014
Architect: HKS Architects
Interior designer: Anderson Miller, Ltd.
Hotel group: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

The 443 room luxury resort hotel design recalls aesthetics of Mediterranean Revival architecture and is inspired by the style of Addison Mizner, the Architect largely responsible for the classic charm of historic Palm Beach and an aesthetic suited to the subtropical sun and climate of Florida. The hotel interior features a contemporary interpretation of historical imagery. Vaulted Venetian plaster ceilings and limestone walls and floor slabs greet the guests upon arrival and create the lobby and reception spaces. The grand stair is accented with a whimsical crystal display reminiscent of fireworks and a custom iron railing of interlocking rings, a motif that is recalled in the bronze plaster curved wall panels behind the front desk as well as the wallcovering in the guestroom corridors.

A traditional octagonal pattern borrowed from some of the Mizner homes first appears on the upper portion of the lobby shadowing the pathway through the hotel. The octagonal pattern is repeated in macro scale on the ballroom ceiling and prominently on the white patterned stone highlighting the bathtub in the typical guestrooms.

On a micro scale, the octagonal pattern appears on some of the light fixtures, most notably the guest room pendant, as well as carpet patterns and elevator cabs. Contemporary furnishings and finishes provide a classic backdrop throughout the property. Mosaic patterns, a mainstay of Spanish Revival style, are evident throughout. The use of glass in lieu of more traditional stone provides a fresh direction to the design.