Twenty years after opening their first spa project for Donald Trump in Florida,
Robert D. Henry Architects based in New York City has won the coveted assignment
to design a spa for Trump’s new hotel in Washington, D.C.
As groundbreaking ceremonies marked construction at the Old Post Office site in Washington, Henry submitted concepts for the spa to project coordinator Ivanka Trump. “This will be a spa like none other,” said Henry.
Built into the 1899 structure that once housed the U.S. Post Office department headquarters and the city’s post office, the spa will occupy space adjoining the Capital’s third-tallest structure, a bell tower at the corner of 12th & Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Trump Spa will combine history and beauty, said Henry. Like the very private Mar-a-Lago Club and Spa in Palm Beach, it marks the revival of a depression-era beauty. “The lesson learned was not to be intimidated by landmarks – or Donald Trump!”
Another project was at Steve Wynn’s resort and casino in Las Vegas. “He challenged us at every juncture to create the new platinum standard for the Strip. Our design credo was: There is a lot of artifice to Las Vegas, so the first person to introduce pure design integrity will create the difference.” Making 44,000sq ft (4,000sq m) feel intimate and personal was the biggest challenge.
On the east coast, Henry’s firm worked on two innovative spaces at the top and bottom floors of Manhattan’s fashionable Gansevoort Hotel. ”Developing a synergy in a diverse design team is challenging, he commented, “as it is very important to maintain a clear and powerful design concept that can be shared by the team.”
Now, 20 years after his first Trump hotel project, Henry faces his greatest challenge.