Overlooking the evolving North Park Blocks, the Lemon Hotel was conceived as a hub for creative tenants. Preserving the structure of the existing historic building offered a challenge, as it sat snugly in an urban site with poor soils. Micropiles were used to anchor the building’s seismic improvements and a second floor with ample exterior space was added to create an oasis in the park’s tree canopy.
Salvaged materials, surfaces, and structures from the original building were brought back to life to complement the new amenities. Park-facing, energy-efficient, rolling glass walls and ocular-shaped “sky snorkel” skylights activate the Park Blocks from the inside out by maximizing daylight and framing views.