Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Renovation
  • Company/Firm
  • Lead Designer
    Patricia Lopez, CID, NCIDQ LEED AP
  • Other Designer(s)
    David Wilbourne, Jessica Ledoux, CID, NCIDQ, Sandra Pantelic, AIA, Ian Gaines
  • Photo Credit
    Photo Fusion Media
  • Location
    Norfolk, Virginia
  • Project Date
    December 2019
  • Construction Company
    Clancy & Theys
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Hospitality
    Suburban Capital
  • Developer
    Suburban Capital

Envisioned as a home for the hotel owners’ ever-expanding collection of singularly unique and profoundly exquisite glass art, the design of this distinctive 114-room boutique property with adjoining gallery connects hotel guests both conceptually and physically to the collection.

The process of glassmaking, incorporating the elements of sand, fire, and air, is played out in curated, whimsical details in the hotel’s spaces; guestrooms are specifically envisioned as a play on the glassblower’s studio. Art is inspired by the color chips used for glassblowing. In the public spaces, the glass art takes center stage; a marriage of wood and glass details further nod to the glassmaking process, while iconic commissioned and one-of-a-kind pieces from Chihuly, Peter Bremers, Stephen Powell, Lino Tagliapietra, and others serve as a catalyst for larger conversations surrounding the artistry, inherent authenticity, and actual creation of glass. The showstoppers? Two custom, life-size glass bunnies by Bremers—one greeting guests at reception and another draped across the bar—casted and molded in Bremers’ studio in the Netherlands specifically for this hotel.