The picturesque National Harbor serves as both the backdrop and the inspiration for this conversion from an Aloft to AC Hotels by Marriott. Serving as architect, interior designer, and engineer of record, Baskervill worked with Ryman Hospitality Properties on this exciting, fast-track conversion. Only the third AC Hotel to open in the United States, the 192-room property also includes six suites, 3,700 square feet of meeting space and the AC Hotels-specific AC Lounge, AC Library, and AC Kitchen. Outdoor terraces take full advantage of the sweeping Potomac River views and the communal library, adjacent to the registration area, includes flexible, comfortable areas for guests to mingle, work, and relax. A muted palette of tans and whites creates a neutral canvas allowing the artwork and stunning harbor and river views to take center stage. Wood tones and purposeful material choices evoke the harbor without using literal nautical selections. The 20-foot-high, two-story rope wall installation greets guests at the first-floor arrival experience and continues to the second-level lobby, referencing the symmetrical, linear patterns created by the docks and sailboats in the harbor. Linear patterns are repeated throughout, including in a 15-foot-wide three-dimensional sculptural piece on the first level and the library wall feature.
IIDA Interior Design Excellence Award, First Place Hospitality. ASID , IIDA Virginia/West Virginia