Workstead was tapped to propose the conversion of an 1860s-era, 12-story grain silo into a 165-room boutique hotel with a newly constructed pavilion. At the front entrance, our concept anchors the original silo to a sloping desert garden, which echoes a monumental butte behind the property. Each guest room honors the character and material integrity of the silo, as well. Delicate windows slitted into the silo overlook downtown Tempe and the surrounding landscape, and to passersby they appear as a perforated grid on the cylindrical structure. The sleek new pavilion offers a stunning contrast to the recovered environment. A rear terrace pointed toward the butte features a sunken pool that completes a sequence of platforms installed throughout the campus.
- Interior Design