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White Elephant Palm Beach

White Elephant Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Florida
Client: New England Development

Project Description

  • The comprehensive design for this reimagined historic property introduces a new aesthetic to Palm Beach: Effortlessly refined, gracious with a touch of wit, and filled with 20th and 21st-century original artwork curated especially for the White Elephant Palm Beach.
  • As the new sister hotel to New England Development’s White Elephant Nantucket, this Palm Beach destination is a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean revival architecture that supports the same meticulous standard of service for its sophisticated global guests.
  • Built in the 1920s and designated a historic landmark in 1980, designers reimagined the venerable structure to create a gracious four-story hotel with 13 rooms and 19 suites.
  • Black-and-white awnings and black trim against a fresh white stucco finish highlight the classic architecture while lending a contemporary look to the structure.
  • Interiors are infused with layered finishes and patterns, custom-made furniture, and historic details all set against a palette of soft warm and cool neutrals that capture the quality of Palm Beach light.

Photography: Chi-Thien Nguyen/Elkus Manfredi Architects

Seating area in the lobby parlor
Breakfast area in the gallery of White Elephant Palm Beach with artwork by Bernhard Buhmann flanking a historic fireplace
A two-room suite with a seating area in forground and behind pocket-sliding doors a bedroom
new pool in the courtyard of White Elephant Palm Beach incorporates two historic wing walls as privacy screens for sunbathers
A guest room's outdoor space that faces the courtyard features historic walls with scalloped details and the discrete glass additions to the top that bring them up to code
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The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Client: Thomas J Klutznick Company

Project Description

  • Landmark mixed-use project on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” along North Michigan Avenue incorporates two development phases: Phase 1, the 235,000-sf retail block, and Phase 2, the 390,000-sf Peninsula Chicago hotel, built above the retail.
  • With 339-rooms, the hotel is set back from the Avenue to reinforce the three- to four-story street-level scale; a two-story “sky lobby” welcomes guests.
  • The flagship shopping destination for six national retail brands engages pedestrian’s on all four sides of the block.

Photography: Jon Miller / Hedrich Blessing

Award

American Architecture Award

The Chicago Athenaeum, 1998

Award

International Store Design — Best Facade

Institute of Store Planners VM + SD Magazine, 1998

Streetscape
Retail
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The Verb Hotel

The Verb Hotel

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: Samuels & Associates

The Verb Hotel is a character. It’s authentic. It has rock and roll experience. With our history, we are in tune with the beat of the Fenway, which gives us the confidence to be a little rebellious. It’s in our nature to have fun, to be genuine, to be memorable, to make you smile. Check in, tune out.”

Robin Brown

Principal, Spot On Ventures

Project Description

  • Inspired by its mid-century motor inn roots, the renovation of this two-story 93-key hotel in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood celebrates the area’s famed rock scene from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.
  • The transformation of this 1959 Howard Johnson’s motel creates a quirky, friendly, contemporary hotel while retaining its original footprint surrounding the rebuilt courtyard pool.
  • The new lobby’s rock-era details include authentic rock memorabilia; guestrooms feature retro-inspired lighting, art, and furniture.

Photography: Adrian Wilson, Andrew Bordwin

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Award

Boston Preservation Alliance

Preservation Achievement Award

Award

Hospitality Design Magazine

Finalist – Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel 

Award

Retail Design Institute

Innovation Award in Historic Preservation – International Store Design Awards

The Verb Hotel Entry
The Verb Hotel Room
The Verb Hotel Pool Room
The Verb Hotel Evening Balcony Fenway park
The Verb Hotel Pool
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The LINQ Hotel & Casino

The LINQ Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: Caesars Entertainment

The LINQ Hotel underwent a transformative renovation led by Elkus Manfredi, creating a property that appeals to the millennial customer through cutting-edge design, placemaking, and technology.”

Mike Salzman

Director of Development, Caesars Entertainment

Project Description

  • A reinvention of the former Imperial Palace hotel, the 2,250-room LINQ is an entirely transformed experience designed for millennials, the newest generation of Las Vegas guests.
  • Operational throughout the redesign and renovation, the new experience offers social connection, high-end technology, and a bold, graphic style; fresh, modern rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and Vegas-centric custom art.
  • Located on the Strip, the reimagined hotel now has a “living room” that welcomes guests into its social heart upon arrival and guides them to check-in, VIP lounge, gaming, and a luminescent lobby bar.

Photographer: Andrew Bordwin, pool exterior courtesy Caesars Entertainment

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The LINQ Hotel Casino reception desk
The LINQ Hotel Casino Bar Niche
The LINQ Hotel Casino Reception Seating
The LINQ Hotel Casino Jackpot Graphic
The LINQ Hotel Casino Room Graphic Sequins
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Aloft Boston Seaport

Aloft Boston Seaport

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: Marriott International

We were thrilled to introduce both Aloft and Element to Boston. With their distinctive positioning and smart, modern design, these two popular global brands offer tremendous appeal to travelers visiting Boston’s rapidly-growing Seaport District.”

Richard Galvin

President & CEO, Commonwealth Ventures LLC

Project Description

  • Built on a three-acre site next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District, the 13-story, 330-room Aloft hotel is a welcoming beacon designed for hip, tech-savvy guests.
  • Planned and designed in tandem with its neighbor, Element Boston Seaport, Aloft’s design aligns with the brand guidelines of Starwood (now part of Marriott International), while creating a “unique-to-Boston” destination and strengthening the urban fabric of its D Street corridor site.
  • The first floor lobby offers options for unwinding, socializing, and recharging; an expanded program of event and meeting space lines the hotel’s full-length second-level promenade, and 8,000-sf of street-level retail animates the pedestrian environment.

Photographer: Andrew Bordwin

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Award

Marriott CONNECT Conference

Global Design Best – Custom Project

Aloft Hotel Stair Above Common Lobby
Aloft Hotel Exterior Patio