21c Museum Hotel Louisville
21c Museum Hotel Louisville
09 OCTOBER 2015 6:41 AM
Hotel News Now: What is the most innovative hotel design in the world?
Amy Jakubowski, managing director and partner, the Puccini Group: “Stepping away from treehouse hotels and geodesic domes in the Artic, I feel the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville (Kentucky) integrated local culture, artistic expression through rotating museum exhibitions, and immersing an experiential public space. It may not be the most architecturally striking hotel; however, it launched a higher innovative design built out of passion which illustrates beyond what is a simple and conventional, offering a contrast to the average travel destinations.”
HNN: What makes its design so innovative and influential? 
Jakubowski: “The lobby in itself is 5,000 square feet that dual functions as a rotating art exhibit and serves as an innovative guest touch point not only the guests can experience but is accessible to the general public. This dynamic concept creates a whimsical experience without it being kitschy. Their iconic penguin figurine that is shown throughout their property is a playful tie back in to their brand ethos.”
HNN: Have you seen its influence play out in other properties? 
Jakubowski: “I’ve started to see an evolution in other properties who are trying to implement this ideation of bringing in the local talents, food and art, not just here in the states but also internationally.”
HNN: How does the hotel’s design enhance the overall guest experience? 
Jakubowski: “The rotating exhibitions, installations and cultural programming establish this space as an epicenter for cultural exploration and an art-driven destination. The art connects the guests on a local and authentic level to the community. The guest experience will be different with each new installation.”
HNN: How does the hotel’s design speak to the era of hospitality in which it was built?
Jakubowski: “The design speaks to not just a specific era but to all whom seek and have a sensibility to want a personalized experience.”
An expert in the hospitality industry, Amy Jakubowski brings demonstrated leadership and an extensive background to the Puccini Group team. A graduate of New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, she is an active member of many professional organizations, including ISHC and IIDA and served as President of the New York Chapter of NEWH. Before joining Puccini Group, Amy spent nearly 20 years at BBB-BBGM in New York. She can be reached at ajakubowski@puccinigroup.com.



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