Hotel Indigo Harrisburg, PA
What is the capital of Pennsylvania? While the many might start thinking the city of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, it is the suburb of Harrisburg that remains the capital despite the considerations in the late 1800’s to relocate after a fire burnt the capital building to the ground. Another unlikely honor, is the river that runs through the city, The Susquehanna River, is the oldest and longest major river in the continental US.
The design team used these elements when converting this former mid-scale hotel decked in Hershey’s Chocolate themed remnants. While located near the Hershey Chocolate Factory, the new owners of the property were adamant about not using that adjacency in their Neighborhood Story or as a theme to the design. Inspired by the unlikely age and importance of the river, the design team carried the winding curves of the river and geometric angles of the famed Walnut Street Bridge throughout the hotel. The custom dimensional wall sculpture behind the front desk is an abstract interpretation of the topography of the river that runs along this capital city while a custom blackout shade in the guestrooms shows the actual river. Powder coated metal and LED light tubes overlap creating open screening effects in reference to the lighted resin artwork of the bridge above the lounge banquette.