San Francisco, CA
Stonehill Taylor transformed and rebranded the historic Powell Hotel in San Francisco as a new independent boutique hotel, renamed The Axiom. Complete with 152 rooms and new public spaces, the design took inspiration from the hotel’s location next to Hallidie Square, whose namesake Andrew Smith Hallidie first invented the steel cables that later moved his other invention –the iconic San Francisco cable car system. To create a memorable arrival experience, the designers created a tunnel split with lines of light that cast dramatic shapes and shadows as guests walk through to enter the hotel. Several historical features from the original 1908 building were preserved in the lobby including the original steel columns, molding, and iron railing along the mezzanine.