Architect: Deborah Berke
Celebrating the authentic culture and sense of place of Nashville, the newest edition of the 21c Museum Hotels transforms a former hardware store and warehouse into a 21st century boutique hotel and destination restaurant.
The design of the hotel highlights the history of the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company building while creating a contemporary experience reflecting the vibrancy of Nashville today. A new entrance on Second Avenue leads to the public areas, which have concrete floors and exposed metal beams and columns, reflecting the building’s industrial heritage. These elements are combined with rich upholstery, a sophisticated color palette, and metal accents, creating an eclectic juxtaposition of materials and furnishings. Contemporary art is incorporated throughout all the public areas, including a linear gallery that leads to the restaurant.
On the six upper floors, which contain 124 guest rooms, historic building fabric like exposed brick and timber beams are occasionally revealed, adding texture and underscoring the building’s history and materiality. Three new light wells bring natural illumination deep into the building.
120,000 square feet