21c Bentonville — contemporary art meets the town square

Bentonville, AR
100,000 square feet (hotel and museum)
110,000 square feet (parking structure)
Type: Hotels
Theme: Asserting Place / Opening to Light

After completing two 21c Museum Hotels in historic structures we were delighted to design a completely new building for the one in Bentonville, Arkansas. Articulated brick volumes house the public programs of the hotel and form the building’s front; we called this design strategy ‘toys in the yard’. The volumes create an active and human-scaled experience along the street.

On the interior, natural light is introduced through a variety of architectural devices, including saw-tooth monitors, clerestory windows, and angled windows. This gives each space a unique character based on its use.

The four-story guest-room building is discretely set back from the street for privacy and quiet. The hotel is a block off the town square and anchors one end of the woodland trails connecting to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Trails.

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Design Architect, Interior Design

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Executive Architect

SCA Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer

HP Engineering
MEP Engineer

Illumination Works
Lighting Design