1. The Wheelhouse Hotel
Chicago, IL, USA
Renovation Completion Date - Sept. 2018
SCOPE - Interior Design, Brand Identity
HD Award 2019
Best midscale guestroom/suites
Gold Key Award / Finalist 2019
Best midscale hotel
Best midscale guestrooms/suites
Best midscale lobby
Wrigleyville is a multi-faceted, layered neighborhood full of lifelong Cubs fans, new college graduates, and young families building roots in Chicago. The 21-room Wheelhouse Hotel was an opportunity to condense the vibrancy of the entire community into one centralized place. One where locals could hang out and feel like home and visitors could really get a feel for the true pulse of the city - its neighborhoods.
The design of The Wheelhouse Hotel is a reflection of the evolving neighborhood.
Create a space including a candy bar, a local restaurant, a downstairs speakeasy, and a cozy rooftop to take in the views of the Windy City that feels at once new, but like it’s always been there. Design for the property’s neighbors as much as for its guests. Represent this special corner of Chicago in both an authentic and new way.
In order to serve diverse audiences with overlapping interests, we ensured that the space seamlessly fit into its immediate surroundings, while offering a playful beacon of respite in a neighborhood known for revelry. Original brick and stone building elements are highlighted while layered against unexpected objects and bright, painted paneling. Old school, traditional features are referenced throughout but always with a twist such as found objects and whimsical, floating art installations.
The design of The Wheelhouse Hotel is a reflection of the evolving neighborhood. It is rooted in history, with an eye towards the future and an ever present atmosphere of playful celebration. It feels familiar, yet unexplored; casual, yet sophisticated.
2. Atelier Playa Mujeres
ATELIER PLAYA MUJERES
Atelier de Hoteles
Anticipated Completion Date - Oct 21, 2016
Interior Design - 600 keys, 15 restaurants, spa, and convention center
With over 50,000 guestrooms, and counting, Cancun is Mexico’s best known and most visited tourist destination. Our clients tasked us to conceptualize and design an ultra luxury, 600-key all-inclusive resort unlike anything the Yucatan has seen.
While Cancun’s spring-break focused atmosphere has served up countless margaritas and shots of tequila, we realized it has yet to deliver a truly elevated Mexican coastal experience. Our goal was to redefine the concept of barefoot luxury and create an immersive, distinctly Mexican destination.
If you’ve spent any time in Mexico, you know a few things to be true. 1. Warm and genuine hospitality is at the heart of its culture, from the corner taco vendor to the concierge at the newest 5-star resort, the feeling of family and community is vital and contagious. 2. Art is absolutely everywhere. In music, in painting, in sculpture, in dance; art even spans the streets overhead in strings of colorful and iconic ‘papel picados’ - paper cut-outs. And, 3. Local is expected, and there is great pride in doing everything by hand - from twelve-course meals, to building techniques, Mexican culture is founded on the artistry of making. From this foundation, we’ve crafted, with love, a hyper local, luxury hospitality experience that celebrates these ideals. It starts with loving and respecting the land - preserving as much of the natural vegetation as possible. Pathways and pools meander through this landscape, allowing guests to appreciate and discover the lush beauty of the Yucatan.
Art and culture are at the forefront of this concept. Therefore, we have designed spaces where the stories behind the materials have a direct connection back to the hands of the artists and artisans who created them. In our version of luxury, a memorable experience is not based on the cost of the materials found within the resort, it is derived from the values and vision of the atmosphere, lovingly hand-crafted by the local community.
A model room that made our client cry. A spontaneous mantra that popped up all over the construction site, from the hands of those building the hotel: ‘Haz todo con amor’ - do everything with love. The project is still under construction, but the results have already surprised us. Even incomplete, it is speaking and touching those who are connected to it. With each site visit, workers make sure to stop us and say how proud they are to be a part of this project; how in the countless hotels they’ve built, they’ve never worked on something like this.
Memory and emotion are central to a true human experience. The process of designing and building this resort has already been a deeply emotive experience. We hope that guests are able to feel that love, that pride which the community has put into this project when the doors open soon.
3. Hotel Indigo El Paso
HOTEL INDIGO EL PASO
El Paso, Texas, USA
Summit 11 Investment Group
Renovation Completion Date - Jan 21, 2016
SCOPE - Interior Design, Full gut renovation of 121 Key Hotel
HD Award - Best midscale guestroom/suites, 2016
Gold Key Award - Best mid-scale hotel, 2016
Bearing the badge of a ‘boutique hotel’ is a lot of pressure for a property. Savvy and well-traveled guests expect to experience the unexpected. They want to explore, to contemplate, to be surprised and be delighted. They want to leave knowing more than when they first arrived. Now, imagine being the only “boutique hotel” smack dab in the middle of a border city of nearly a million people which is undergoing a major downtown revitalization. The expectations and stakes are that much higher. These are the circumstances of the transformed Hotel Indigo El Paso.
“The last real place in America.”
- Cormack McCarthy
Curioso approached the story of this hotel as a tale of two countries; adjacent sister cities, one unique culture, a rich history within a desert landscape, and a whole lot of goods and characters constantly moving through the area.
Telling this complex and intricately woven story through design required bold gestures, the layering of materials and the active participation of the local artist community. The hotel’s design and experience fully respects the clean lines of the original building’s 1960s architecture and injects a blend of industrial materials, mid- century modern furnishings, mindful amenities and an eclectic, curated art package. Landscaping with native desert plants happens throughout the property and creates a vibrant oasis on the 5th floor pool deck.
Cormac McCarthy once called El Paso “The last real place in America.” The ownership and the design team succeeded in reflecting just that. A real and authentic hotel experience to represent a truly unique destination.
4. Seven Point
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Renovation Completion Date - August 2016
SCOPE - Interior Design, Brand Identity
Latin Design Awards - Bronze
Legalized medical cannabis is a new industry riddled with many challenges including: strict and inconsistent regulations, poor service, underwhelming and unwelcoming spaces, as well as a PR problem of overcoming the negative stigma of long-haired basement stoners donning tie dye and rastafarian flags. Curioso was charged with designing a high-end medical cannabis dispensary experience and brand within an affluent community in Illinois, a state with the strictest regulations in the country.
Our interest in working with the cannabis, or really any industry stems from our strong belief that hospitality extends beyond hotels, restaurants, and bars. It really applies anywhere where humans reside.