W Hotel

W Hollywood Flagship Hotel and Residences, Rooftop Canopy

Designed by HKS of Dallas and Daly Genik of Los Angeles, the 15-story award winning building is certified LEED Silver, winning the prestigious Millennium Award. Completed in 2010, the hotel is located in downtown Hollywood in California, an area which is becoming vertically dense with highrises such as the W Hollywood.

Zahner was involved with the Daly Genik-designed curvilinear aluminum and steel canopy on the building's rooftop garden.  The canopy brings thousands of shingled aluminum panels to adorn the curving form which serves as a shade canopy for W Hollywood pool-side guests.


The architect's design is ahead of its time: the lightweight shingled surface which allows air and light to flow through its surface is both functionally and aesthetically forward-thinking.  Its form evokes the effect of a ruffled skirt, a concept which has become more prevalent since the structure's completion. The design also provides a cooling effect both for its shade and breeze.


Architect's Rendering of the W Hollywood Flagship Hotel.
Image courtesy Daly Genik

The system borrows components from the ZEPPS® Process, which informed both the fabrication and installation process for the rooftop cabana. Zahner's Design Assist Group designed the details and engineered the structural canopy.

The Design Assist Group met with architects from Daly Genik to develop a section of the canopy as a mockup, which was constructed in the Zahner shop, pictured below.


W Hollywood Hotel in CAD


Architects from Daly Genik examine the mockup at Zahner.




W Hollywood Hotel during construction.
Image courtesy Daly Genik





Aerial view of the W Hollywood Hotel.
Image courtesy Google Maps.

W Hollywood Further Reading

The highlight of the hotel's rooftop pool area is a curving cabana wrapped in aluminum scales; it was designed by Daly Genik Architects, which also was responsible for the condominium interiors and the striking Douglas fir-lined lobby for the condo tower. Kevin Daly, a founder of the firm, said the W asked him to design the cabana as "a Venus' flytrap for supermodels."

— Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times

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