Hotel Palomar

The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia continues the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group's commitment to adaptive reuse and renovation. The city's 26-story iconic Architects Building, which had fallen into disrepair, was transformed into the new LEED Gold-certified Palomar.

 A dramatic spiral staircase connected the Hotel Palomar's lobby with a second-floor restaurant.

 Proving that luxury and a sense of chic don't have to be sacrificed for sustainability, interior spaces such as the lounge areas (seen here) incorporate rich Art Deco materials that reference the building's 1929 origins.

In a typical guest room (shown here), the focus was on the bed and the shower. "The client's charge was to be sustainable without compromising the guest experience. The two things guests remember about a hotel start are the shower and the bed," says Matt Wolfe, job captain at Gensler's hospitality studio and LEED manager for the project.

The small floorplates of the historic building presented a programmatic challenge that resulted in 12 guest rooms per typical floor.

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