B Ocean Resort Ft. Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Architecture, Interior Design

Debuted in 1956 as the Yankee Clipper, this beachside hotel was organized to look like a cruise ship with famous guests, such as Marilyn Monroe, said to be frequent visitors of the property. Utilizing all-natural materials and a clean-lined approach, the new design captures the beauty of the resort’s beachside setting and a relaxed sense of luxury. Stonehill Taylor introduced a long glass arcade to create a spine that both physically connects the four hotel buildings to the reconfigured entry check-in and lounge and provides an immediate visual experience of the beachfront upon arrival. A triple height glass atrium has been cut into the lobby with a grand stair of thick oak treads floating over a modern basalt stone water feature. Renovated areas include the beachfront event spaces, fitness and spa, pool areas, the iconic landmarked Wreck Bar, and the addition of the new Salty Siren beachside bar, Naked Crab restaurant, and a two-story penthouse suite. The combination of the hotel’s nautical midcentury architecture and its location within the protected nesting zone of the Tortuga Sea Turtle, inspired the approach to the new design of the interiors.