Location: Providence, RI
A prominent and unique triangular site in downtown Providence had remained undeveloped due to challenging site constraints. The proximity to prominent universities, hospitals and national businesses, lent a need for this first extended-stay hotel in down-city. Our design approach embraced the distinct urban characteristics of downtown Providence and responded to the grand and traditional neighbors that surround it without resorting to imitation. What resulted is a structure whose proportions and materiality are at home in the historic setting. The crafted articulation of the distinguished facade of this 120-room extended-stay hotel, create moments of pleasant relief from the urban fabric, establishing its presence on the waterfront. 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. An outdoor dining patio at the second level faces the river and the historic East side providing a pleasant outdoor experience while granting relief from the street traffic. The hotel interior reflects the vibrant metropolitan tone of the city with a tasteful color palette accented by rich geometric patterns, modern furnishings, and unique artwork. In keeping with the Homewood Suites brand the guestrooms provide residential comforts in a sophisticated and stylish urban setting. Pedestrian friendly spaces along the podium level connect Burnside Park and Kennedy Plaza with the College Hill neighborhood and the Providence Train Station.