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Design Vision

A Visionary Collaboration with Selldorf Architects

Hotel AKA Back Bay has partnered with renowned architectural design firm Selldorf Architects to oversee the transformation of its first Boston hotel. Rich in history, the property offers premium accommodations and unique nuances of Back Bay’s cosmopolitan culture. 

You'll be enchanted as we breathe new life into every corner; the transformation extends far beyond aesthetics and completely reimagines the guest experience. Entry canopies, ground-floor exterior courtyards, the lobby, elevators, and all main-floor public areas will be meticulously re-envisioned to create a captivating fusion of past and present.

Nestled in the heart of Back Bay, our iconic property boasts a storied past and is deeply intertwined with the cosmopolitan culture of this vibrant neighborhood. With a commitment to preserving the building's rich heritage, select floors will undergo a complete metamorphosis, while others will be adorned with the exquisite furnishings envisioned by the renowned Annabelle Selldorf.

Selldorf Architects

At the helm of this extraordinary project is Selldorf Architects, a globally acclaimed firm renowned for their modern sensibility and enduring impact. With an impressive portfolio spanning museums, cultural institutions, and universities, including the likes of the Clark Art Institute, The Frick Collection, and Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Selldorf Architects brings a unique perspective to Hotel AKA Back Bay.

Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, shares her excitement: "We are excited to be working with AKA in Boston. The original building has many features of a great hotel. Our work will reflect the cultural design shift away from a traditional hotel experience, bringing a unique, residential aesthetic to the property. Hotel AKA Back Bay will be an irresistible destination in the Back Bay near the Public Gardens for guests from near and far."