A striking bank building in Durham, North Carolina has been transformed into a retro boutique hotel by LA's Commune Design. The late 60s building, which was once a Home Savings Bank, has been revamped with reference to its mid-century roots using period finishes such as raw walnut and high gloss laminate. The chic boutique hotel offers 53 guest rooms, a penthouse suite, and an open-air rooftop bar.
The bank’s exterior has been kept largely intact. Columns adorning the facade are picked out in white and gold and a vertical period-appropriate sign has been added to the frontage. Inside, guests are greeted by a soaring two-storey lobby overlooked by a curved mezzanine – an original feature of the building. Gold and white chandeliers by designer Robert Lewis dangle from the ceiling while a red, cream and black geometric carpet lies underfoot.
“We took inspiration from the Mid-Century Modern architecture, preserving much of the original structure, and mixed it with the arts and crafts feel of the nearby Black Mountain College,” said Commune Design. Arne Jacobsen’s design for Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel and Tokyo’s Landmark Hotel Okura were also sources of inspiration for the design.
Guest rooms feature Mid Century-style light fixtures and furniture, including platform beds, blocky red side tables, and deep blue carpeting. Rooms are decorated and stocked with products from local artisans and designers, including coverlets by Raleigh Denim, skin products from Burt’s Bees and coffee from Durham’s Counter Culture Coffee.
Images via Commune Design