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REVERE HOTEL, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Monday 22 Apr 2013
Converting an existing branded hotel to the boutique lifestyle Revere helped revitalize the Boston Theatre District when launched in April 2012. Elegant, timeless design spiked with drama and whimsy was the spring board for the design and transformation.
The prologue, the Lobby, introduces white lacquer panels that surround and create the backdrop for a sculptural transition that gracefully moves you through the space towards reception and a large scaled metallic layered panel wall relief. This piece sets the stage for the acts to follow.
The Guest Rooms are the ensemble cast of our production. Masculine and feminine references dramatically interplay with each other. The bed is donned in fur, and the sensuously heeled desk and coy headboard of faux suede embossed with a “snake” texture flirt with the masculine black and white hounds tooth patterned chaise. A large dark colored organic graphic print carpet anchors the space, followed by a layering of modern case goods made of sycamore and African teak. The neutral color palate allows the patterns and bold splashes of color to steal the show.
Printed art work subtly references by-gone theatrical performances, and a suggestive sculpture reveals what the lobby piece foreshadowed in the prologue. This eclectic layering of unique and special items creates a sense of high style and comfort.
The Presidential Suite is the leading actor of this performance. It is grandiose and intentionally egotistical and it flips the finger to conventional society.
As a play has many characters so does our hotel. The two theaters are an unusual element for such a property but serve as incredible function spaces. One theater is simply a ‘black box” and the other is a working movie theater that was refitted with very high end seating including sofas to accommodate various potential functions.
In between these two theaters is the “Pre-Function” space which we call “Between the Acts,” and in this scene the guests become the performers and the art pieces as the space itself is a backdrop to the events, pre-show and intermission gatherings. Sparingly furnished to allow for flexibility, all pieces are distinctly artistic in nature in a neutral box. The finishes feature a grey polished concrete floor and a white box of lacquer panels, etched glass and plaster. A special feature is the plaster cast “hands” that valiantly extend from the wall gesturing to the cheeky nature of this production.
One of these spaces is the Sixth Floor “Industrial Chic” Meeting Space. This space was originally carved out of the parking garage structure and blended with the tower structure. Raw brick, reclaimed wood, rustic metals and exposed piping and concrete suggest steadfast spaces that have aged gracefully after many productions.
As a play has many characters so does our hotel. The two theaters are an unusual element for such a property but will serve as incredible function spaces.
The finale to our story is the Ultra Lounge. Scene One – Emerald Lounge, “the Wicked Jewel of the City.” This scene is set with sleek lined furniture and polished finishes and is dramatically lit with a rich green glowing onyx bar. The sculpture feature greets you at the entry and traverses the space referencing the famous twister that inspired that very first iconic journey to Emerald city. But a lounge is not complete without the VIP Bar, otherwise known as Scene Two - Ruby Lounge, “Those ruby red shoes”. Secretly tucked away, the Ruby Lounge’s intoxicating poppies lure guests into this intimate space. The sensuous curves of the stiletto heel inspired the bar and lay the groundwork for wicked little trysts.