Studio Allston Hotel
CLIENT: THE DAVIS COMPANIES + SPOT ON VENTURES
LOCATION: ALLSTON / BRIGHTON, MA
YEAR: 2018 – 2019
TYPE: HOTEL, ADAPTIVE REUSE
THE CHALLENGE: Studio Allston Hotel underwent a complete transformation from a former Days Hotel (once known as the worst hotel in Boston) into a boutique hotel. Located in Allston, MA, the Studio Allston was designed to evoke the creativity of the neighborhood’s namesake: painter Washington Allston. We were tasked with identifying the best areas for artist engagement, exploring possible material “canvases,” and managing the artists involved in the project.
THE OUTCOME: The 117 room art-centric hotel opened in April 2018. The property features and celebrates the art of over 20 contemporary artists in its lobby, bar, suites, and in every one of the guest rooms. From a dramatic lobby by Jason Woodside, to a custom treatment in the elevators by Kenji Nakayama, Isenberg Projects acted as the creative producer to curate an immersive experience using cut paper, photography, collage, illustration and graffiti art to the Allston hotel. The hotel also features immersive art suites, artist designed hotel rooms, and an art van. It has been featured in Interior Design Magazine, Hospitality Management, and the Boston Globe.
Each suite was designed in collaboration with five local contemporary artists. Each artist played a leading role in every step of the design process, from developing the room’s concept and the guest experience to applying artwork directly on the walls. These decisions were articulated through how it is applied to all surfaces from walls to the furnishings to create an immersive experience you could stay in.