21c Cincinnati — creating a new downtown landmark hotel

Cincinnati, OH
160,000 square feet
2012
Type: Hotels
Theme: Asserting Place / Transforming Old Buildings

In downtown Cincinnati, opposite the Aronoff Center for the Arts and next door to Zaha Hadid’s Center for Contemporary Art, our design for 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is a dramatic revision of a historic 1912 hotel building. Saving the few traces of its original grandeur still in tact, we added new spaces to create a thoughtful and textured sequence of rooms.

Historic spaces, like the Ballroom, were restored and refreshed with a contemporary color palette. Newly-created spaces carefully stitch together new and original building fabric to provide a rich background for the art. At the base of the building we created a new restaurant, the Metropole, out of the original hotel lobby.

21c Cincinnati has 156 guest rooms and each guest room bath has custom body-part tiles we designed, made by the local Rookwood Pottery Company.

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Collaborators

Deborah Berke Partners
Design Architect, Interior Designer

Perfido Weiskopf + Wagstaff Goettel, LLC
Executive Architect

Atlantic Engineering Services
Structural Engineer

Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, PSC
MEP Engineer

Illumination Works
Lighting Design

Recognition

Global Award of Excellence
Urban Land Institute

#1 Best Hotel in the U.S.
Conde Nast Traveler

Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation
American Institute of Architecture, Pittsburgh Chapter

Honor Award in Interior Architecture
American Institute of Architecture, Pittsburgh Chapter

Drawings

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