About W Hotel

Every W Hotel around the world has a distinct totem near the entrance with varying styles and material finishes to reflect the identity of the city. This particular totem was designed for the beach and party destination, Goa.


The design captures the vibrant energy of this popular destination. With all the glitz and glamour that’s associated with the city, a gold sequin dress was an inspiration behind the design. Since the resort was at a beach destination, one very prominent factor in designing the surface was the wind. Like a kinetic sculpture, the surface comprises of multiple metal flaps that move inwards and outwards as the wind blows through the structure’s hollow. This gives the totem a shimmering effect.

The measurements and material specifications of the totem

The different metal flaps in the hollow alternate between matte, glossy and rough finishes to retain the shimmering effect even in the absence of wind