After completing two 21c Museum Hotels in historic structures we were delighted to design a completely new building for the one in Bentonville, Arkansas. Articulated brick volumes house the public programs of the hotel and form the building’s front; we called this design strategy ‘toys in the yard’. The volumes create an active and human-scaled experience along the street.
On the interior, natural light is introduced through a variety of architectural devices, including saw-tooth monitors, clerestory windows, and angled windows. This gives each space a unique character based on its use.
The four-story guest-room building is discretely set back from the street for privacy and quiet. The hotel is a block off the town square and anchors one end of the woodland trails connecting to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Trails.