21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK

21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a 135-room hotel, contemporary art museum with 14,000 square feet of galleries, event space, bar, restaurant, and spa. Building on the mission of engaging the public with contemporary art and supporting the revitalization of American downtowns, 21c Oklahoma City transforms the 188,000 square foot historic Ford Motor Company Manufacturing Building that was originally designed by Albert Kahn, master of modern industrial architecture in the US. We cut through the concrete floorplate to insert new glass block lightwells that bring natural light into the core of the building. Many of our new spaces, including a distinctive round ballroom, were designed as freestanding objects set within the larger volume. Similarly, the loft-like guest rooms feature self-contained floating beds and dressers and spare modern furnishings that reflect the building’s industrial heritage.

188,000 square feet
Completed 2016

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Key People
Deborah Berke
Stephen Brockman, Project Lead
Terrence Schroeder, Project Designer

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – design architect and interior design
Hornbeek Blatt Architects – executive architect
Illumination Works – lighting design

Albert Kahn – original architect

AIA Oklahoma Design Award of Merit, 2016 Best of Design Awards for Adaptive Reuse – Honorable Mention, and an Oklahoma Historical Society State Historic Preservation Office Citation of Merit.

Published in Interior Design, August 2016