The Project

Sited at a main entry point into downtown Memphis’ historic entertainment district, the contemporary new Canopy by Hilton lifestyle hotel fits the urban context with discerningly rebellious architectural moves.

The hotel’s materials, proportions and scale are meant to evoke characteristics of the existing network of mid-rise masonry architecture in the downtown area, while its dark charcoal gray palette, angular patterning and simplification of form help to distinguish the building from its context and contemporizes the visual aesthetic of the architecture.

Presenting a unique dichotomy, the five-story hotel’s blocked geometry elevates over a visually open base level prominently accommodating first floor lobby, restaurant, lounge and bar amenities, while achieving maximum configuration of its guestroom floors on upper levels. Designers established a sense of transparency through the hotel’s base level using curtainwalls of glass and aluminum. Glowing light from two central lightwells and curtainwalls flow together to permeate this first level, enhancing the dynamic lobby and indoor/outdoor dining experience and connecting the structure directly to the surrounding bustling pedestrian activity and downtown’s diverse entertainment and cultural experiences.

© ThinkDero Photography / Dero Sanford
© McGinn Photography / Nick McGinn

LocationMemphis, TNTotal SizeFive-story, 174 room, full-service hotel; meeting space; a ground floor bar and restaurant; basement and on-site parkingTotal CostWithheld at Owner's Request

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