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.

Key People
Stephen Brockman
Project Lead
Terrence Schroeder
Project Manager
Gabriel Ce
Project Designer

Deborah Berke Partners

Design Architect, Interior Design

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Executive Architect

SCA Consulting Engineers

Structural Engineer

HP Engineering

MEP Engineer

Illumination Works

Lighting Design

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Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Ground floor plan.
Floor plan.
Section drawing.