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.

Deborah Berke Partners

Design Architect and Interior Design

Perfido Weiskopf + Wagstaff Goettel, LLC

Executive Architect

Atlantic Engineering Services

Structural Engineer

Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, PSC

MEP Engineer

Illumination Works

Lighting Design

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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

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Bird's eye photograph of building site and context
Ground floor plan.
Public level floor plan.
Guest room floor plan.
Amenity and terrace plan.