Renowned hotel developers Hyatt and Concord Hospitality were embarking on an ambitious development project in Jersey City, NJ. They wanted to create a hotel that would not only be an attractive destination for visitors to the city, but also serve as a landmark to help revitalize Jersey City’s historic downtown. The result was the Hyatt House Jersey City hotel, a 258-room, 13 story retreat built on the 92-year-old site of the former First National Bank of Jersey City, overlooking the beautiful Atlantic waterfront. With such a prominent and historic location, Hyatt and Concord knew their hotel needed a design feature that would offer guests a truly remarkable experience.
The developers turned to OpenAire to design the crowning touch for the new Hyatt House hotel: a beautiful retractable enclosure for the hotel’s rooftop lounge. Measuring 3,520 square feet, the enclosure offers amazing, unobstructed views of the New Jersey waterfront and New York City skyline just on the other side of the Hudson River. Guests can take in beautiful skyline views while enjoying fine dining or a great selection of drinks any time of year, thanks to OpenAire’s double-sloped roof divided into three telescoping sections and the bi-folding glass doors.
In warm, fair weather, the eastern section retracts under the middle section, which then retracts under the westernmost end, bathing the bar and terrace areas in sunshine and fresh air. In cool or inclement weather, the sections can close quickly and securely at the touch of a button, giving guests a warm, sunlit atmosphere no matter what the conditions outside. This seamless blend of indoor comfort and open outdoor skies, combined with the design’s seamless integration with the building’s steel supports, make Hyatt House’s rooftop lounge a spectacular achievement for the Jersey City skyline.