Element Scottsdale at SkySong, Arizona State University
Biophilic design elements make an impact at this new 157-guestroom hotel. Part of a larger SkySong development, an innovation center associated with Arizona State University, the hotel is an extended stay brand and accommodates researchers who may be visiting the university.
The spacious rooms include small, fully equipped kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, and living areas, while the public areas include a fitness center and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.
Green walls and plants in the lobby enhance wellness by releasing oxygen into the indoor areas and removing carbon dioxide. The registration as well as the bar and lounge areas feature high ceilings and are encased in glass to help bring the outdoors in and create a natural flow to the outside. The outdoor courtyard includes a pool, local drought-resistant vegetation, and terrace. This oasis promotes comfort and conversation.
Element brand is sustainability focused and typically includes environmentally friendly finishes and water conservation practices. The exterior skin uses shading techniques to minimize solar heat gain and mitigate the desert heat. The project is LEED BD+C: New Construction Certified.