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perspectives

sketchbook

hotel sorella
kansas city
> Charged with creating the Kansas City, Missouri sister hotel to the
Valencia Hotel Sorella in Houston, Andrea Dawson Sheehan and her
team at Seattle-based Dawson Design Associates decided to stray from
the city's "stereotype of wood, iron, and cattle," she says. "It doesn't
really capture what Kansas City has become-a major hub in the
Midwest that serves the business and shopping needs for multiple
states. We decided that we could go a bit more formal, dramatic, and
elegant than usual in this market."
This is especially true of Hotel Sorella Kansas City's location.
Country Club Plaza, designed in 1922 as the first suburban shopping
center, now includes more than 100 luxury retail boutiques set in
buildings inspired by the romantic history and architecture of the
city of Seville. "Our clients wanted us to capture the lifestyle and
the sophistication of this affluent guest that lives and visits this part
of the city," Sheehan says. "We researched opulent European villas
and palazzos that had been renovated for younger members of the
family. We wanted to create an environment that represented this
new style of aristocracy-spaces tailored to capture the lifestyle of the
younger generation while maintaining a classically elegant edge-both

contemporary and minimalist in attitude."
In the public spaces, that translates to a dramatic black and
white color palette; a custom marble mosaic entry floor; hand-rubbed
Venetian plaster juxtaposed against blackened cold rolled steel panels;
handcarved wood panels; elaborate tile work; commissioned oversized
Flemish-style portraits; and a blue-purple Venetian chandelier. "It's the
feeling of a collector's home that is open to the public," says Sheehan.
"This is not Dorothy's Kansas."
Guestrooms boast warm, rich hardwoods, white-on-white
bathrooms, charcoal and blue hues, and a dramatic headboard
tapestry-a modern interpretation of a classic. But the highlight is
top floor restaurant Rosso, which is based on the bell towers of Siena
and its horse races: it opens directly onto an infinity rooftop pool lit by
colored LED lights and surrounded by cabanas and firepits. "People are
really surprised to discover this hotel in Kansas," Sheehan says.

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