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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 3, 2015) – The design for the luxury hotel that will change Louisville’s skyline was released to the public today in the Mayor’s Gallery. HKS and lead architect on the project Eddie Abeyta revealed the renderings and explained the inspiration behind the 600-room hotel and residential tower.
“Omni Louisville: Design Narrative
By Eddie Abeyta, HKS and lead architect on the project
The Omni Louisville is designed to be a catalyst to the city’s future growth and urban development while embracing and celebrating Louisville’s authentic quality in a new and forward thinking way. It will be more than just a travel destination as it incorporates hotel, residential living and neighborhood amenities into a vertically integrated urban mixed-use development.
The building is designed to be a prominent landmark against the Louisville skyline, as the intersection of hotel and residential towers are uniquely expressed as bold overlapping architectural forms meant to represent the crossroads of the past, present and future of Louisville.
The Omni Louisville will reflect the warmth and hospitality of our city to visitors while also serving as place for our growing downtown community to connect and enjoy the benefits of urban living in an upscale yet comfortable environment.
Glistening during the day and glowing at night, the glassy ends of the 600 room hotel tower and 225 unit residential tower will be an iconic and gestural response of the building reaching out to engage with the city. A concept inspired by the image of bourbon pouring out of a still, the prominent tower ends become an expression of the inner spirit of the project being expressed visually outward.
The ground level public space is designed to embrace the neighborhood with vibrant spaces for both local and hotel guests. The restaurant tenants will have the flexibility to open up doors and walls to provide guests indoor or outdoor dining options.
A modern urban lifestyle market will add another dynamic dimension to the project. The market will transform Liberty Street from an auto-centric environment into the city’s new pedestrian thoroughfare. It will invite the neighborhood in with the smells of freshly brewed coffee, baking bread and fragrant fresh flowers and will serve as a gateway to the community for hotel guests and locals alike.
Building on the city’s strong sense of community and connection to the outdoors, the project maximizes its rooftop spaces and views. The hotel pool and rooftop bar will allow guests to rest, relax or socialize with spectacular views of the city from above. Other hotel amenities such as the fitness center and spa will also be found the pool deck level. Go a little higher, and you will find the residence amenity deck on top the hotel guestroom wing.
Inspired by the city’s rich history and authentic character, the Omni Louisville will transform one of the city’s most significant urban blocks into a unique and vibrant mixed-use environment offering hotel guests, residents and locals a chance to connect and enjoy the best of a great city.”