Number 15 is a hotel and a restaurant, designed for the theoretical adaptive reuse of an old brownstone house in Boston. In this project, I explore the idea of history, refusing to select one period as “historical” for the building, but rather celebrating its evolution and history. The 4-storey building becomes a continuous space, made of steps and platforms, allowing a smooth transition between the different levels.
The dining experience is at the center of the project and aims to take the diners around the space, unveiling the history of the building as they proceed through their meal. The walking dinner starts with appetizers on the top floor, with the building displaying its most recent state. As the users go down the steps to take their main course, they discover details of the history of the building, while seemingly going back in time. Dessert, which are served on the first levels, mostly covered in wood from the house’s original panels. Those panels, divided into square pieces, are present throughout the space, covering more brick as they went down.
The built-in materials, inspired by the existing materials throughout the building’s life, obey certain predefined rules. The rules are based on the permanency of the existing materials and their new programmatic use. Movable furniture is present throughout the building. They are made of recycled and more ephemeral materials, symbolizing their short lifespan, compared to the rest of the building.
The small number of rooms (6) allows for an intimate stay, with only one or two rooms per floor. The materials in the rooms follow the same rules as the ones in public spaces.