The Maven Hotel

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The Maven Hotel

  • client Sage Hospitality, Johnson Nathan Strohe
  • location Denver, CO
  • status Completed 2017
  • photographer Andrew Bordwin, Adam Larkey
  • area 8,900 SF

The Maven Hotel at the Dairy Block is located in Denver, Colorado’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood renowned for its historical brick buildings and industrial spirit. The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block offers a distinct experience through architecture and design that celebrates craftsmanship and the spirit of the maker. The stylish, simple interior design of this eight-story, 172-key hotel uses a distinct palette of industrial materials including steel, wood and concrete, with pops of color and pattern that give the hotel an urban, loft feel consistent with its neighborhood context. The intricately designed lobby, accented by custom art installations by local artists, connects a neighboring office building, two feature restaurants (Poka Lola Social Club and Kachina Southwestern Grill), and The Makers Alley (Denver’s first activated alley). CRÈME’s design intentionally blurs the lines between the different spaces, finding unexpected ways to connect them. The lobby’s communal tables create a shared experience with a mix of vintage furniture and accessories. Poka Lola reimagines the typical hotel bar as an adult soda bar, featuring art deco influences and CRÈME’s Exchange Bar Chair with a custom back. Kachina reflects its Southwestern cuisine with bold tiles and colors, as well as an open kitchen and Airstream trailer that connects it to the lobby.

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