EKN has worked with HKS Architects to develop a conceptual-level vision for the redevelopment of an existing Downtown Rochester Hotel, potential new brand standard requirements notwithstanding. The vision entails a significant re-design of the hotel’s 60’s style major public spaces at the podium level, which focuses on adding a substantial amount of natural light to transform the hotel from a monolithic fortress into a light and airy experience fully integrated with the City’s downtown.
The existing hotel is designed in a Brutalist/Mid-Century Modernist style characterized by massive concrete surfaces, resulting in a lack of natural light and disregard for human perception and scale. This is most apparent in the design of the level 2 façade, which features a 15’ high canted concrete wall spanning the length of the block with no windows or any other form of relief provided.
The project will feature 173 hotel rooms, 2,687 square-feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant with connecting bar, indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.