Hotel Erwin is an existing 119 room hotel in Venice, California with ocean views and close proximity to many of Venice’s attractions. The destination is so popular in fact, that the hotel is in need of an expansion onto four adjacent lots. The design of the proposed expansion is a conglomeration of client’s needs and community planning requirements. By owner’s request the new addition should have a new architectural aesthetic dissimilar from the existing building, and the new design must conform to the planning ordinances of the Historical Windward Arcade district within which it is sited.
The historical district requires the ground level retail design to integrate an arcade and entablature to maintain the community’s identity as it was envisioned by Abbot Kinney in the early 1900’s. This modern take on traditional typology utilizes a modern steel and glass diagrid at the upper levels to evoke a Venetian façade texture found at Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy. Larger diamond shaped window openings peel the textured facade away and direct the views toward the beach