21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH

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.

21c Cincinnati won the Global Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. It was named #1 Best Hotel in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and received the Award of Excellence in Historic Preservation and the Honor Award in Interior Architecture from the American Institute of Architecture Pittsburgh chapter.

160,000 square feet
Completed 2012

Key People

, Project Lead
, Project Manager

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – design architect and interior design
Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel, LLC – executive architect
Atlantic Engineering Services – structural engineer
Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers, PSCMEP engineer
Illumination Works – lighting design

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