Best Friends: Roadhouse & Mercantile

  • Prize
    Winner in Hotel Design
  • Company/Firm
    WOW atelier
  • Designer
    Gregory Walker, Chimso Onwuegbu
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    John Burdick, Jillian Kliewer, Kevin Lucey
  • Photo Credit
    Skylar Nielsen
  • Location
    Kanab, Utah
  • Project Date
  • Client
    Best Friends Animal Society
  • Project Link
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This journey began with our Roadmap process to determine how to transform a 1970’s Motel (with a sea of asphalt parking), into the world’s most pet friendly Motel in the heart of Kanab Just outside the Sanctuary itself.
Creating a new structure to anchor the Site affectionately called the “HUB” for all guest experiences on and off the sanctuary. By day it’s a combination of retail space and lounging nooks for guests and their pets, by night, it can transform into a restaurant, bar, or event space. Because this space was so mutable, and store bought furniture would not do, we designed, fabricated, and installed the tables, movable storage areas, and transformable merchandising walls.
The rooms themselves we believe are the world’s most Pet friendly rooms in the world. Attention is paid to every detail to make this the ultimate place to stay with your family pet, or companion from the sanctuary for the night. Space works twice as hard in these rooms; Pet Murphy beds fold out of the wall and beds at night so your pet can sleep in luxurious just like you! Front doors open in a way to allow fresh air in, and visibility out, but still offer a safespace that your pet can not get out.