Hotel Dörr

Architecture & Interior Design Lead. New Construction. Hospitality.

Hotel as Lake House

When completed, Hotel Dörr will be the first new construction hotel in Door County, Wisconsin in 25 years. It will sit across the main street of Sister Bay from the eastern shore of Green Bay.

ZWA is the architect and interior designer for the project. I have the role of team lead on the project, as well as providing creative and design direction to the architecture and interior design teams.

The concept for the design was to treat the hotel like a large lake house. At its heart, it is centered around expressing the feelings of informal comfort often associated with a seasonal house on the lake.

The exterior design lowers the scale of what will be the tallest building in the village and creates an open and welcoming atmosphere. The interior builds on the lake house idea by treating the lobby as a large living room centered on an over-sized four sided fireplace and looking out on the town and lake through a two story window.

Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2019 with the hotel opening projected for early summer 2020.

Project Information and Credits:
Firm: Zimmerman Weintraub Associates
ZWA Project Team: Richard Avery, Design & Team Lead; Bryan Bietsch, Project Architect; Roland Solinski, Project Architect; Tripti Kothavale, Interior Designer; Maura Lynch, Interior Designer; Geneva Frank, Design Intern
Location: Sister Bay, WI
Scope: New construction 40 room hotel with accessory retail spaces
Services: Architectural design, Interior Design
Size: 41,000 sf
Budget: Approx. $7.5 m for all construction & FF&E
Client: Jaco Development
Structural Engineer: Louis Shell Structures
MEP Engineer: Cartland Kraus Engineering
Civil Engineer: Robert E. Lee Associates
Builder: Bayland Construction
Renderings: ZWA
Project Duration: Two years, start of design to opening (projected)