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Deborah Berke Partners Celebrates Opening of 21c Museum Hotel Nashville

May 15, 2017

On May 9, we celebrated the opening of the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, our seventh collaboration with 21c Museum Hotels. The project, led by Partner with Senior Principal and Principal , transformed a former hardware store and warehouse into a 21st century boutique hotel and destination restaurant.

Our design highlights the history of the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company building while reflecting contemporary Nashville’s vibrancy. Featuring a new Second Avenue entrance, public areas honor an industrial legacy with concrete floors and exposed brick; rich upholstery, a sophisticated color palette, and metal accents create an eclectic, contemporary juxtaposition of materials and furnishings. Contemporary art is incorporated throughout the hotel and concentrated in the linear gallery leading to the restaurant.

Gray & Dudley, the hotel’s Southern farm-to-table restaurant, features a double-height space centered on a custom wood and blackened steel bar with copper and zinc accents. An outdoor dining area on Bank Alley brings new activity to this downtown passage.

The hotel also features conference and meeting facilities overlooking the double-height restaurant, 124 guest rooms, and a penthouse rooftop addition. Historic exposed brick and timber beams are occasionally revealed to add texture and underscore the building’s history and materiality. Even the guest rooms include contemporary art from 21c’s renowned collection.

National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

May 5, 2017

We are honored to receive a National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The award recognizes our work for its “excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.” Partners , , and and Senior Principals and will accept the award on behalf of the firm.

“After many years of working together, the five of us share a seamless and immediate connection about the ideas and process of design. It’s wonderful to share a reflective look on our work, through the honor of the National Design Award,” said Marc Leff.

Recognized in the Interior Design category, our prize-winning portfolio includes architecture, both new buildings and the transformation of old buildings, and commercial and residential interiors.

“Our work, especially with old buildings, is quietly resistant to throw away-culture, to junk-space,” said Deborah Berke. “Call it architecture, interior design, or adaptive reuse. Labels don’t matter. It’s about creating spaces that people love, spaces that dignify contemporary life.”

“We regularly design buildings, both from the outside-in and from inside-out. How the design of an interior reckons with the building it’s in, how it addresses or adjusts its context, is of perpetual interest to us,” said Maitland Jones. “It’s marvelous and optimistic: to make a world anew.”

We congratulate the other winners, Hartmut Esslinger, Susan S. Szenasy, Craig L. Wilkins, Design Trust For Public Space, Mass Design Group, Jennifer Morla, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Stamen Design, Surfacedesign, and Joe Ducet.

Learn more about the National Design Awards and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

The Hotel Henry Opens at the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo

May 3, 2017

We are celebrating the opening of the Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the 88-room hotel, restaurant, and conference center brings new life to a previously abandoned National Historic Landmark building originally designed by H.H. Richardson in a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The design of the hotel honors the history of Buffalo and highlights the building’s monumental architecture. “Our design aesthetic adopts a design strategy akin to the Richardson spaces; direct and impactful yet also friendly and warm,” said Senior Principal , lead designer on the project with Partner . The project was recently featured in Hemispheres magazine.