With each hotel project we take on, the design is heavily influenced and inspired by the context of the surrounding neighborhood and the history of the site. We want guests to have an authentic, local experience that is unique to the community they’re visiting.
The Maven Hotel expresses an industrial, downtown loft feel reflecting the neighborhood in which it sits – Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) – an area rich with historic, industrial brick buildings, many of which have been lovingly restored for a modern tenant. The stylish, simple design celebrates craftsmanship and the spirt of the maker – themes that resonate strongly with Denver’s history and its people.
Throughout The Maven, each design detail has a story – a purpose – whether that is reinforcing the building’s history or facilitating the creation of new stories by bringing people together through design. Nicole Nathan, partner at JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, is here to give you the inside scoop!
The Spirit of the Fox
Each space begins with a story. At The Maven, we were inspired by the independent spirit of the fox. Encountering one in the urban fabric is unexpected and a reminder of the wild independent spirit of the animal. We wanted to capture this spirit at the Maven. The image of the fox makes appearances throughout the hotel. When you step off the elevator on any floor, for example, look to the left and you’ll see a portrait of a different dapper fox.
Not Your Average Ice Machine
Little details matter, and they’re the perfect place to demonstrate the power of Pragmatic Beauty. In this case, this sleek, modern steel cover for the ice machine serves a functional purpose, of course, but it is also a design element. The raw steel reflects the industrial history of LoDo, subtly enhancing the guest experience.
Let The Sunshine In
Ever get lost in one of those dark, maze-like hotel hallways? Us too. At the visual terminus of the corridor, floor-to-ceiling windows let the sunlight fill the space and enhance wayfinding. Planters at each of these locations house over 6,000 succulent plants, all grown locally in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
A Nod to the Past
The guestroom numbers at The Maven are a nod to the maker spirt of the Dairy Block in which The Maven resides. Each number is made up of a series of nails. The wood boards reference the site’s history (once a lumber yard). The wood is Colorado beetle kill pine.
Flooring That Makes a Statement
The suites in The Maven feature a chevron patterned cork flooring. This is another example of Pragmatic Beauty in action as the floor choice makes a striking visual statement, but it is also comfortable underfoot, and acts as a natural thermal and acoustic insulator.
Expect the Unexpected
Adding a touch of whimsy and playfulness, The Maven features hanging chairs in many of the guest rooms. A reading light hangs in the center making a perfect place to perch with a book.
If you’re on social media in Denver, you’ve probably seen the tilework in the Maven. The tile patterns are inspired by tattoo sleeves donned by the urbanite bartenders, artists and creatives abounding locally. These patterns can be found in the elevators, hallways and even a few of the suites.
To learn more about The Maven, click here. For more on JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s hospitality work, click here.