Architects: PCA / Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
- Area: 73001 ft²
- Year: 2018
- Photographs: Elisif Brandon, Robert Benson, Regan Wood
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cosentino, Enscape, Benjamin Moore, Daltile, Hafele, Idea Paint, Iris Ceramica, Johnsonite, LG Hausys, Mohawk Flooring, Pratt & Lambert, Rejuvenation, Signature Flooring, Astek Wallcovering, California Paints, Conwed Wall, Creative Materials Corp, Design Direct Resources, Division 9 Collaborative, +13
- Design Team:David Chilinski, David Snell, Jillian D’Amato, Erika Deroche, Jim Coveno, Max Diperstein, Emeline Gaujac, Lindsay Bach, Paige Guerreri, Shannon Epstein
- Clients:The Mount Vernon Company
- Collaborators:Tristan Eaton, Adam Larson, Adam&Co, Individuals Collective, Eric Rueda Design Lab, Furniture Concepts, Provenance Hotels, Mark Grundig
- Country:United States
Text description provided by the architects. Today’s travelers are looking for immersive experiences, beyond standard hotel room comforts. Responding to the client’s vision for an ode to Boston’s history, PCA’s design team took a multi-layered approach to create exciting, immersive, and engaging moments within the stately setting of a 1950’s former YWCA. The result is Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 #1 Hotel in Boston.
The clean lines and expansive architecture of the mid-century modern building are contrasted against au courant graphics, and street-style art. A collaboration of PCA with Adam&Co and Provenance Hotels generated myriad stories that use the hotel as the perfect backdrop for social media. Large scale art including Tristan Eaton’s freehand spray-painted mural, The Individual Collective’s three story collage of Boston’s inventions, and Mark Grundig’s mid-century modern pattern embellished on the original concrete floors sets an expressive tone. Smaller scale discoveries, like custom wallpaper showing icons of Boston’s ‘firsts, and important historic moments embedded in a slab of Boston’s ‘Big Old Elm’ bar top’, allow guests to find something new at every turn.
The 164-room hotel offers a high-end boutique stay within an efficient room size, averaging 125 SF. Constrained by the existing building’s dorm room architecture, a one size fits all furnishing approach could not be applied, resulting in 41 room variations, each with custom casework and furnishings. Most rooms lack the space for a private bath, in turn, spa-like bath suites down the hall offer the amenities of a luxury stay.
Downstairs, the hotel introduces the first co working space within a Boston hotel. Offering nomadic workers and hotel guests unlimited coffee, tea, water, and chit chat, the space becomes home to Boston’s future revolutionaries during the day, and a place to connect at night.
Using the mid-century modern building as a stage, the Revolution Hotel preserves the past while creating something entirely new. The design celebrates the building’s mid-century modern bones with tasteful upgrades and stately architecture juxtaposed with bold, modern art and graphics. The contrast enhances and highlights the building’s history, providing weight and context for the stories told an authenticity that simply cannot be re created from the ground up.
Geared toward today’s experience-seeking traveler, the hotel combines efficient rooms with dynamic and engaging common spaces at a budget-friendly price. This mix of art, culture, and experiential storytelling is hugely successful, drawing a wide range of travelers and local residents to discover the city in a new light.