In this bold, sustainable move, a 1961 modernist office tower was repurposed into an edgy, 4-Star, 248-room boutique hotel. The small floorplate, configuration of the stairs and elevators, as well as the low floor-to-floor height made the building ideally suited for a hotel build-out. Armed with this knowledge, the owner wanted to create a simple, elegant upscale experience in the heart of midtown Nashville.

The conversion design took cues from the original horizontality of the building’s extended slabs, referencing this in the detailing of the new edge of slab condition. The original extended slabs were enclosed in the new design to capture an additional 42˝ of length in the guest rooms. In contrast to the horizontal movement, a pair of vertical fins on the front façade house the stair pressurization system for the building’s stairwells as well as signage for the hotel. Vertical windows further emphasize the height of the structure, visually extending the views from the interior. A 22,000-square-foot conference center with meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, is located atop the new six-and-a-half level garage. Retail space at the base of the garage combined with a new restaurant at the street entrance tie the facility into the surrounding streetscape.

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