Walmart Family Plans Art Hotel To Complement New Museum
Business First of Louisville reports that the hotel will be owned by the Waltons, Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown--the owners of 21C, and and Bentonville Revitalization Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the city's historic structures. Poe Cos will use sustainable building materials and incorporate "green" design practices to create the hotel. The building is being designed by Deborah Berke & Partners LLP, who designed the Louisville 21c hotel in conjunction with Polk Stanley Wilcox architecture firm.
Gallery: Crystal Bridges Museum
The hotel will be about a quarter mile from the $150 million Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the massive 100-acre art park that will house one of the world's greatest collections of American art, that of Walmart heiress Alice Walton. The museum design by architect Moshe Safdie is rendered in glass and light wood and is arranged around two ponds at the center of the compound which are spanned by bridges. The building is set on around 100 acres of Ozarks forest, donated by the Walton family. Visitors will follow a lane through the woods to a knoll that overlooks the pavilions. From the knoll, glass elevators take visitors to a courtyard with a glass lobby that has a view of the water. The museum will offer 34,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as a cafe, performance hall, library and research center. Crystal Bridges is expected to bring in 250,000 visitors a year once it opens.
Other 21c hotels are currently planned for Cincinnati, Ohio and Austin, Texas.