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Author Cannon, Jessica
Title Epoch hotel at the Joseph H. Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Descript 84 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 48-05, page:
Advisers: Catherine Armour; Carissa Gavin
Thesis (M.A.)--Corcoran College of Art + Design, 2009
At the Epoch Hotel in the Joseph H. Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, guests encounter a unique hotel experience while gaining a new understanding of Modern art and design. This private hotel grants guests a behind the scenes pass to the world beyond museum galleries and invites the luxurious pleasures of an intimate experience with fine art. The hotel blends modernist art, design, and hospitality while creating a symbiotic relationship between the hotel's modern interior decor and the Hirschhorn's modern art collection. The interior design of the hotel is based on the research of modern interior design, decorative arts, architecture, and fine arts
The Epoch Hotel explores several themes that work together to create a unique hotel design. Considered a luxury or boutique hotel, Epoch aims to entice guests into a world influenced by modern and contemporary art. The main thematic concept explored in the design of the Epoch Hotel presents guests with new way to experience art by combining experiential and gallery exhibition design through a hotel that showcases modern art. Guests at the Epoch experience new encounters with modern art through a fusion of gallery and living space. They are invited to go behind the scenes of the Hirschhorn Museum and are encouraged to interact with the "back of house" museum programs while engaging in personal growth and enlightenment through art. The Epoch Hotel is the ultimate experience in combining the aspects of modern art, design, and culture with the exclusive privilege of museum living
The Joseph H. Hirschhorn and Sculpture Garden is the proposed site for the Epoch Hotel. The modern style museum is an ideal location for a new hotel concept that incorporates the guest into the museum world of modern art. The hotel occupies the third floor of the existing structure that was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill's Gordon Bunshaft in 1974. The Hirschhorn building itself is a modern art symbol and functions both as a container and object similar to that which it contains. Bunshaft designed the Hirschhorn to be a massive cylindrical sculpture to house Joseph H. Hirschhorn's modern art collection
The Epoch Hotel will serve as the beginning and guiding concept to the reorganization of the existing Hirschhorn Museum interior. The project, stemming from the Hirschhorn's existing 'art surrounds you' brand extension will include a modern design interior renovation, new architectural features, the reorganization of existing 'back of house' spaces, and the addition of the Epoch Hotel to the third floor. The hotel possesses many luxurious hotel amenities and accommodations including five private guest suites, restaurant and private dining rooms, art library and research center with study collection, conservation and restoration lab that is on view to the public, a mini-spa, private modern art galleries, business center, and concierge suite
The hotel mixes museum space and hotel living space. It is a delicate combination of a secure and controlled gallery environment with a hotel living space that is comfortable for guests. Special consideration was given to the preservation of the Hirschhorn's fine art collection exhibited in the hotel. The Epoch Hotel's guest suite designs are inspired by the Hirschhorn's art collection and provides a creative, gallery like environment that is both comfortable to inhabit and functionally meets the guest's individual needs. Combining modern art in public and private spaces provides a challenging design intervention. There are many aspects to consider in displaying art and how it will affect the atmosphere of the hotel. These include conservation, lighting, humidity levels, and light levels suitable for fine art, human interaction and security. Many aspects of museum policy, learning and education, display, preservation and conservation were implored after research into the specific fields of study
Both political and economic pressures have been applied to museums to encourage them to undertake more profitable activities and to capitalize on their assets. There exists enormous potential for museums to diversify by using their property and resources in a more entrepreneurial way, The Epoch Hotel will expand on these ideas by introducing the concept of a special setting for undertaking exploration and discovery within a modern art museum
Modernism: Design for a New World, 1914-1939 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2007 had a great impact on the design concept for the hotel. An 'Exploration Gallery' was created through the Corcoran's Department of Education inviting museum visitors into an interactive and experience based environment. The Exploration Gallery was used as an educational tool much like The Epoch Hotel's living environment aids in the educational process. Art enthusiasts to art novices share experiences in learning about modern art through an engaging, educational environment
Continuing the existing Hirschhorn brand, 'art surrounds you' will become the leading organizational tool in the renovation of the Hirschhorn's interior combining new aspects of way-finding and environmental graphic techniques to make the museum an all-inclusive experience
The creative implementation of three typological categories of design projects were studied during the development of the Epoch Hotel. These typologies include hotels, exhibitions, and museums. No similar project to this scale is comparable to the Epoch Hotel, thus a combination of methods and creative ideas from a variety of resources was applied to create this new typology
School code: 0501
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 48-05
Subject Design and Decorative Arts
Alt Author Corcoran College of Art + Design. Interior Design
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