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    21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a 135-room hotel, contemporary art museum with 14,000 square feet of galleries, event space, bar, restaurant, a… Read More
    21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a 135-room hotel, contemporary art museum with 14,000 square feet of galleries, event space, bar, restaurant, and spa. Building on the mission of engaging the public with contemporary art and supporting the revitalization of American downtowns, 21c Oklahoma City transforms the 188,000 square foot historic Ford Motor Company Manufacturing Building that was originally designed by Albert Kahn, master of modern industrial architecture in the US. We cut through the concrete floorplate to insert new glass block lightwells that bring natural light into the core of the building. Many of our new spaces, including a distinctive round ballroom, were designed as freestanding objects set within the larger volume. Similarly, the loft-like guest rooms feature self-contained floating beds and dressers and spare modern furnishings that reflect the building’s industrial heritage. 188,000 square feet Read Less
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We began this project with a former Model-T assembly plant, commissioned by Henry Ford and designed by Albert Kahn. Built to support early 20th-century manufacturing, the building had massive floorplates, which were deep, dark, and unceasingly long. While there was an abundance of perimeter windows, natural light was unable to penetrate the central areas of the building. We worked to preserve the sense of openness, while also defining spaces for a variety of the hotel’s programs and uses.

The interior public areas, private guest rooms, restaurant, and bar reinforce the building’s industrial heritage with simple, machineinspired furnishings, custom hand-crafted pieces made from 
reclaimed materials, and off-the-shelf industrial products. The neutral palette allows the clarity and materiality of the building’s architecture—exposed brick, factory windows, and large concrete columns—to shine through.

Monumental glass block lightwells bring light into the darkest areas of the existing interior spaces, creating a dramatic play of glow and shadow in the extra generous hallways, which double as galleries for the hotel’s art collection. The project balances vastness with intimacy, sleek industrial materials with warmth.