Completion Date: 2010 Role: Principal Designer
Overview: 230 keys – LEED Gold, historical conversion and design of The Architect’s Building
It is Philadelphia’s original 1920’s art deco Architects Building. Its transition to a LEED Gold hotel required a design that was respectful to the lines and weight of the exterior tall shell while completely removing all the interiors within. Powerstrip Studio with Architect, Gensler, collaborated on a design where the highly respected original architecture is incorporated into the overall design of the hotel to deliver a sleek, new urban space. The design intent pays homage in a modern way to the Federal Philadelphians and the simplicity of fabrics such as muslin and linen that were prevalent in the 1700’s. Lee and Berner emphasized sustainability without scarcity, and with uncompromised layered luxury and wit.