Project name: White Elephant Palm Beach
Project overview: White Elephant Palm Beach is a restoration and reimagining of the Bradley Park Hotel, built in 1924 and designated a historic landmark in 1980. A contemporary interpretation of the Mediterranean-Revival style, the design lovingly preserves the integrity of the hotel’s architecture while introducing a new contemporary aesthetic to Palm Beach.
Project location: Palm Beach, Florida
Firm name: Elkus Manfredi Architects with Glidden Spina + Partners Architects
Project type: Hotel
Project information: New construction, Renovation/restoration
Jury comments: True to its name, the White Elephant Palm Beach is giant in ambition and execution, using design to surprise and delight at every turn. Its white stucco and dark-stained trimmings encase pops of color that add a sense of fun and playfulness to the entire property. The design aesthetic is integrated yet eclectic, inviting guests to appreciate a lavish museum-quality art collection and small delights within the design that create a space that is as ethereal as it is bold. The restoration is a visible demonstration of the power of design to rejuvenate a building and its occupants.
BSA Impact: Advancing Architecture
Client: New England Development
Images/Photographer(s): Carmel Brantley; Chi-Thien Nguyen, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Consultants: DS Boca; Emily Santangelo, Emily Fine Art; GS Associates, Inc.; LAM; OMN&J; RCI Engineering; Simmons and White
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Well-being | Discovery