Green Romance in the Heartland: The Hotel at Oberlin

Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017

unnamed (9)The Hotel at Oberlin offers a cure for the winter blues, a Green Romance Package good throughout the winter and ideal for celebrating your loved one at one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world.


This romantic getaway at the new Hotel at Oberlin includes a locally sourced dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jim Barnhart at the hotel’s 1833 restaurant. Set against the backdrop of the historic city of Oberlin and the picturesque campus of Oberlin College, The Hotel at Oberlin is just 35 miles from Cleveland and located in the midst of the highly walkable downtown. It offers easy access to shops, restaurants and cultural attractions like the Allen Art Museum as well as concerts, dance performances, opera and theater by Oberlin College students.


The Hotel at Oberlin was designed by the Chicago-based architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The central design metaphor is the image of a treehouse, as demonstrated by the lofted program elements and surrounding landscape. The canted columns supporting the ballroom, with views to historic Tappan Square, are analogous to tree trunks, designed to be playful while reinforcing the sustainable nature of the building.


Interior Design
The Gettys Group are the interior designers of The Hotel at Oberlin and sought to blur the line between outdoors and inside, tapping into the natural surroundings for both inspiration and design elements. Reclaimed wood from a historic farm building became paneling for the bar area, a satellite view of Oberlin’s pastoral setting was transformed into an intriguing abstract mural for the dining area, and a color palette of cool browns mated with warm red reflects the ever-changing hues of the landscape. Sustainability plays a key role in The Gettys Group’s design and procurement services, with carpet tiles made of recycled materials used in the guestrooms and hallways.

Green Technology
The innovative HVAC system relies on a geothermal well field and utilizes radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels and flooring, as well as ceiling fans. A large portion of the hotel’s power is supplied by a 10-acre photovoltaic array on campus. The hotel has many other sustainable features, including an on-site bio retention basin to filter storm water, rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation and exterior automated solar shading devices to reduce heat gain. Fifty percent of the building materials were sourced from within 500 miles. The primary exterior material is Öko Skin, a highly sustainable cement slat wall panel that was chosen because the scale and coloration of the material is compatible with the brick and stone of nearby older buildings.

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