Hospitality Honorable Mention

The Vendue

Charleston, SC


Project Description:

This project artfully knits together five historic buildings to form a popular boutique hotel.  The new design connects the separate buildings, allowing the first floor spaces to serve as an art gallery, with more than 300 pieces on display from over 40 local and national artists.

Prior to the extensive renovation, a functional and visual connection between the warehouse buildings did not exist. The client needed a design to unify the buildings and create efficient circulation between them.

A coffee shop located in one of the 1780s warehouses, was the original site for the state’s first newspaper. The design pays homage to its historical roots with exposed brick and timber beams that allude to the industrial aesthetic. Custom wall covering includes genuine articles reprinted from the newspaper’s archives.

The hotel has enjoyed stellar reviews since the renovation, and was nominated to Travel & Leisure’s “World’s Best” list and published on USA Today’s 10 Best list.

Judges Comments:

The knitting together of the existing spaces through a mastery of design is lifted to a new level with every thoughtful element of this solution. (David Stone)

  • Bright, airy, feels like a salon with a vintage flair. (Jane Hallinan)
  • Elegant project
  • Love the piggy banks repeated as décor
  • Design and palette is very cohesive between spaces
  • Great varied use of materials and furnishings

(Royce Epstein)