18 Mar 2021 • Washington, United States
Thompson Hotel Washington DC
Parts and Labor Design
The Thompson Washington D.C sits mere steps from the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail within the Navy Yard site in the nation's capital. The design of the hotel’s interiors were naturally inspired and connected to the historic waterfront location, imbuing a sense of nostalgia within the new build property. The design enables guests to form an immediate connection to the building as a space that encourages social connection and exchange and embraces the true definition of hospitality.
The design follows two main narratives, one being a gallery-esque style of architectural expression that celebrates figures in space in an ‘art as an object’ methodology - This is predominantly seen in the Hotel Lobby where the design team crafted the main standing elements such as the bar as a sculptural form that centers the room. The other being an indirect celebration of the nautical influence based on the site location.
The approach is subtle throughout the hotel (Lobby, Guestrooms and Penthouse), discreet references to these sources of inspiration can be seen in the details, the layering of curved wood seen in the Lobby’s weathered wood and glass partitions, rope details found in the custom light fixtures giving them a tactile and industrial feel and the general fluidity and movement to the design. Parts and Labor Design sought to find ways to abstract these sources of inspiration putting emphasis on creating a holistic experience. Combining inspiration drawn from sculptural art forms, repurposed industrial warehouse buildings, the structure of ships, the craft of their construction, the beauty of their hulls and skeletons or exo-structures, the repetition and symmetry worked together to create a rhythm for the project.
The Guest Rooms have a slight colonial feel whilst also quietly referencing ship cabins. They continue the fluid movement seen in the Lobby through softly curved architecture and custom furniture. The penthouse as an elevated experience is split into two separate bars where one identifies as darker and moodier and the other lighter and airier to reference below and above deck experiences but both embrace the idea of a nautical atmosphere and design approach.
The focus was to create a hospitality space as a gathering place for the community. A forum of exchange, interaction and shared experience - the current day town square - providing a safe and welcoming place for an elevated experience. The goal was to create a space that brought people together. It was key to create a place for community building and involvement, local partnerships, events and stimulation while providing hospitality to every new visitor and return traveler.