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21c Museum Hotel 


21c Durham combines a world-class contemporary art museum with a sophisticated boutique hotel. For the adaptive reuse of the Hill Building, the city’s most iconic structure, the lighting design delicately balances the needs of guest experience, art installation, and hotel operations, while respecting the building’s Art Deco heritage - often all in the same space. Originally designed by Empire State Building architects Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, lighting unifies public spaces, destination restaurant, bar, ballroom, spa, and galleries creating a cohesive mood throughout the day. Light fittings are organized with the challenging prospect that all areas are potential art locations.

Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners 

Executive Architect

Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel

MEP Engineeer

KLH Engineers


21c Museum Hotels

Original Architect

Shreve, Lamb & Harmon



Award of Merit

2016 Illumination Awards

Illuminating Engineering Society
  of North America


2015 Best Hotel Renewal

Interior Design Magazine


2013 Tower Award 

American Institute of Architecture - North Carolina

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