Location: Providence, RI
A unique site in downtown providence that has remained undeveloped due to challenging factors. This calls for a unique perspective to create a building that recognizes and is responsive to the grand and traditional neighbors that surround it without resorting to imitation. What results is a structure whose proportions and materiality are at home in the historic setting with crafted articulation that creates moments that are pleasant reliefs from the urban fabric. Creating pedestrian friendly spaces along the podium level helps connect Burnside Park and Kennedy Plaza with College hill and the Providence Train Station. The building becomes a gate way setting a tone for future development. The podium is open, expressed at the upper level by the lobby and other public spaces of the hotel while at street level a retail component engages and activates the Plaza.