KTGY, a full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, hospitality and mixed-use developments and neighborhood revitalization, has received three Grand Awards and 11 Merit Awards in the 2021 Gold Nugget Awards competition including a Grand Award for the Best Interior Renovations for Hotel Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.
The 58th annual awards program honors design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. The Gold Nugget Grand Awards are chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners and were announced on June 16 in a virtual event. Winners this year were chosen from more than 600 entries from around the world.
KTGY’s winning designs that were honored with the Gold Nugget Grand Award include:
BEST INTERIOR RENOVATIONS
Hotel Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Contractor: McCown Gordon Construction
Developer: MFH Properties, LLC
Architect/Designer: O’Bryan Partnership Architecture
MEP Engineers: Hoss & Brown Engineers | US Engineering
Historic Consultant: Rosin Preservation, LLC
Interior Designer: KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group
Photographer: RW2 Productions Michael Robinson
Designers carefully navigated the intricacies of historic preservation to protect and restore original features while bringing a renovated and reimagined life to this hotel. Originally built in 1922, the architectural marvel the hotel calls home appears on the National Register of Historic Places.
Designers leaned on the innate character of the building as they reimagined an inspired space. Planning for the lobby lighting-as-art installation – a monumental piece hanging 43’ long and 8’ tall – presented specific challenges. Designers focused on placing hanging points within flat portions of the coffers and leaving the ceiling as untouched as possible.
Such strategic placements allowed for the finished installation to be beautifully interwoven with two original chandeliers. Additional challenges arose as designers conceptualized the hotel restaurant. Located on the lower level, the restaurant’s footprint spans spaces historically serving multiple functions. \
Designers made intentional decisions – covering original black and white mosaic-tiled flooring, located only in parts of what would serve as the restaurant, preserving historic millwork, and incorporating façades of original-wooden phone booths – to marry these spaces. Designers maintained a flexible approach as they brought to life a renovated hotel that reveres the past and incorporates a level of well-placed modernity that reflects an inclusive future.