In 2007, The Emerald Plaza building became home to the Westin San Diego and has benefited from the unique architectural design of its hexagonal towers ever since. Every room at the Westin San Diego is unique, many with panoramic views of the
The Hexagonal Design
Gracing the interior of the building are more than 30 types of marble and granite quarried from
Design of the Building
The design of the building was intentional and was developed & constructed with Feng Shui principles in mind. Recognizing that the universe is a fully integrated energy system, the hexagon was chosen for its structural integrity. The hexagon is actually comprised of interlocking triangles which are the building blocks of nature. The study of crystals further inspired the design of the
Like crystals, the Emerald Gemstone is known to harmonize and strengthen the positive influences of mercury which includes intelligence, education, speech, communication, confidence, humor, wit, and intellect. The Emerald Gemstone helps to lift depression and insomnia and promotes knowledge of the heart resulting in peaceful dreams. The Emerald has long been the symbol of hope and is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy.
The architect, C.W. Kim’s intent, was to have you feel as if you were standing in the middle of a crystal as you enter the atrium. While standing in the atrium, you’ll notice many angles of light shining through the window panels, providing countless facets and reflections. Kim likened the atrium to standing in the center of Superman’s
Richard Lippold, a multi-media artist and one of the great sculptors of the 20th century, was the first ever living artist commissioned for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
C.W. Kim is perhaps most responsible for bringing Lippold and his sculpture to
The sculpture was fabricated on the East Coast and then delivered in pieces for assembly. The artwork represents the
The Flying Emeralds sculpture hangs in the center’s 100 foot high glass atrium. It has five hanging elements, each hexagonal in shape and resembling a metallic oriental lantern. Hanging from the outside of each element are long hexagonal prisms made of polished aluminum and hanging from the inside are sheets of emerald green acrylic.
In addition to its aesthetic beauty, The Emerald Plaza building is also one of downtown
One of the unique energy-saving systems utilized by the hotel is its chilled water systems. These mechanical structures utilize an innovative design to provide efficient and cost effective energy management. Each room in the hotel utilizes an individual fan coil air conditioning unit. The cooling to each unit comes from chilled water pumped through the system from the ice storage system located in the basement. In addition, each floor is equipped with separate air handlers and has fresh air ventilation louvers, optimizing energy savings and reducing “sick building syndrome.”
Our building has the largest TES system of its kind on the West Coast. Through the use of ice manufactured in thirteen 8' x 52' water storage tanks, we freeze 1,000,000 gallons of water, enabling the system to save our building an estimated $15,000-$18,000 per month in energy costs. As the water freezes, it has the capacity to release large amounts of heat energy. Large water storage tanks located below the parking garage store the ice. During late night and early morning, the electricity is used to run the air conditioning chillers and compressors. The cold water freezes and stores the energy until it is needed the next day. During the day the chiller and compressors are turned off and only the blower fans are needed to cool the building, resulting in a substantially lower electric load requirement during the day.