Deborah Berke & Partners Architects
21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
Jen DeRose -- Interior Design, 12/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Next time you come to town for the Kentucky Derby, the genteel Brown Hotel won't be your only option. That's because a younger generation of the Brown family brought in Interior Design Hall of Fame member Deborah Berke to design a downtown hotel, renovating five brick buildings from the 19th century and connecting them with a glass atrium to form a 100,000-square-foot whole. Jockeying for attention throughout are edgy contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos—all by artists who are alive and working in the 21st century. Fired-clay sculpture greets guests at reception, while color prints hang from milk-carton panels in the restaurant. One of the hotel's 91 guest rooms features a pixelated tapestry portrait by Chuck Close.
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STANDOUT A multilevel deck of Indonesian benkirai wood connects the lobby with guest rooms.
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DESIGN Denniston International Architects & Planners.
STANDOUT Water features and freestanding pavilions bring a touch of Indonesia to the British West Indies.
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DESIGN Zeff Design.
STANDOUT This 1920's building's new black-and-white interior was dreamed up as the home of the fictional Mr. Knight.