This was a collaborative effort with a fellow student.  We were to design a “Boutique Hotel” that includes a small hotel bar and a few function spaces (which could be used in the event of a medium conference or small wedding reception). We drew inspiration from the American Sycamore Tree - native to Cincinnati and our site - and put a contemporary spin on the stylized naturalism of a grove of trees. The columns within our structural grid are the trees and the screen encompassing the building as well as the roof/ceilings in certain spaces become the leaves and canopy. The retail space, Achene, houses a cash wrap that resembles the seed pod of an American Sycamore (an Achene). The hotel itself is known as “The Grove” while the bar is referred to as “The Tree House”.

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Fifth Floor Plan

Fourth Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

East Elevation

South Elevation

West Elevation


Screen Structure Detail

Lobby Render 3.jpg

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