Liz Lambert Gave Austin Motel A Mid-Century Makeover
This boutique hotel in Austin went back to its roots thanks to Liz Lambert and brightly colorful furniture, bold wallpaper and vintage assortment.
The historic Austin Motel is located just south of the Colorado River and Downtown, in view of the State Capitol and walking distance to the famous bat bridge. It has been operating since 1938, and is housed in a mid-century building on the Texas city’s bustling South Congress strip of bars, restaurants and shops.
Designer Liz Lambert recently redesigned the hotel and thus she added this project to the portfolio of her hospitality company Bunkhouse.
The lobby was designed to mimic a convenience store, with coolers for drinks and snacks, while a retail space with a minimal interior sells travel essentials, souvenirs and pool accessories.
“The property’s newest chapter melds its uniquely Texas spirit, reflected in the original bones and iconic neon signage, with Bunkhouse’s authentic flare and distinctive design touch,”
For the renovation of the property, Lambert made the choice to emphasize some of its features. It includes the original architecture and the swimming pool in the bean shape, while creating interiors to match this aesthetic.
The hotel offers 41 guest rooms and all of them were redesigner with selected furniture. The main purpose was to fit with the mid-century architecture. Liz Lambert chose bright red, orange and yellow shades for upholstery, wallpaper and accessories to match the iconic neon sign that hangs outside. Red and white are also used for parasols and loungers outdoors.
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Refreshing the motel involved collaborations with several local companies. Landscaping was undertaken by architect Mark Word Design. The new pool bar was constructed by metalworkers Design Build Adventure. And the customization woodwork was completed by Enabler.
Bunkhouse operates a variety of locations across the US, and recently opened its first property in Mexico – a beachfront retreat on the Baja peninsula designed by Liz Lambert and architecture firm Lake Flato.