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Commune Debuts Thompson Seattle

(June 2016) posted on Thu Jun 02, 2016

Studio Munge, Jensen / Fey design hotel’s interiors


Commune Hotels & Resorts has opened Thompson Seattle, marking the lifestyle brand’s debut in the Pacific Northwest. Locally based Olson Kundig conceived the 12-story hotel’s architecture, while Gold Key award-winning Toronto firm Studio Munge and Redmond, Washington-based Jensen / Fey Architecture and Planning teamed on the property's interiors.

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A guest room at Thompson Seattle. Photo: Andrew Pogue

“Everything about Thompson Seattle is infused with the same pride and craftsmanship that give Seattle its alluring character,” says Commune Hotels & Resorts ceo Niki Leondakis. “We were driven to create a hotel that seamlessly combines the sophisticated, residential style that Thompson Hotels is known for with elements inspired by Seattle's aviation heritage and magnificent vistas of the breathtaking surrounding landscape.”

Located adjacent to Pike Place Market, the boutique hotel features a glass lantern structure with two adjoining solid façades and a floor-to-ceiling glass exterior.

“In response to Thompson Seattle’s location at a major shift in the city’s street grid, we were presented with a unique opportunity to mark this significant intersection and explore the connection between large public views and more intimate personal views,” says Tom Kundig, owner and design principal of Olson Kundig.

The interior designers applied a minimalistic approach to harmonize surface finishes, including exposed steel and concrete, with a blend of modern and vintage furniture and fixtures that incorporate reclaimed woods. Artwork, wood shelving and architectural lighting fixtures throughout the public spaces and guest rooms were sourced from local artisans and paired with textiles of mohair and leather to imbue an authentic sense of location, project participants say.

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A guest bath at Thompson Seattle. Photo: Andrew Pogue

The hotel’s 158 mid-century modern style guest rooms—including eight corner studios and two suites—feature marble bathrooms with rain showers.

Huxley Wallace Collective restaurant group operates two F&B concepts at the hotel under the helm of executive chef Josh Henderson: day-to-night restaurant Scout and rooftop bar and lounge The Nest. More than 5,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows can be reconfigured for various occasions. Event locations Grasshopper and Dreamliner can be combined to host a reception for up to 150 guests, while The Nest can accommodate up to 250 people.

Other members of the Thompson portfolio include the Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya and The Cape in Los Cabos, Mexico; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; and Belgraves in London. Upcoming projects include The Beekman in Lower Manhattan and Thompson Nashville.


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