Tacoma, Washington

Emerald Queen Hotel

Beautiful and functional, Emerald Queen Hotel in Tacoma, Washington takes guests on a storytelling journey at every turn.

Through meetings with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians that included a tribal historian and very close collaboration with the council, designers were able to truly understand the client’s history and culture, in turn telling this story though the final design.

Blending the glamour of a Las Vegas-style resort with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ rich history, the building’s design elements surprise, delight, and allow for renewed experiences for guests. The hotel’s interiors are tied together through key points of interest in the guest experience that lean themselves to artistic moments and are enhanced by custom pieces of artwork by talented tribal members led by Shaun Peterson.

The upscale caliber of the hotel rooms are in alignment with the design quality of the Emerald Queen Casino, overall. The design focuses on how the natural landscape enhances the architecture and interior design. Large expanses of glass windows enhance panoramic views of the culturally-significant Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound and also provide exceptional daylighting, which emphasizes the exterior and interior connection. The layout enables an organic path of travel that inspires calmness, exploration, and engagement through elements both literal – like the bright, 40-foot long salmon image – or subtle – like the custom steel room dividers meant to resemble the rippling current of the river.

Client: Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Studio: Play

Market: Gaming, Hotels

Size: 297,000 Square Feet

Scope: New Construction

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Delivery Method: Design-Build

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