Ames
Ames
Ames

Photography: Joey Tipton & Studio Roso

Set in the very first skyscraper build in Boston by Ames Shovel Company in 1893, the hotel presents a unique mix between new and old, contemporary and vintage.

Studio Roso looked in this commission to establish and strengthen existing features in the building, to merge space and installation. The brief dictated that the chandelier could only touch the building in a narrow band in 10 ft. height, thereby leaving the vaulted ceiling untouched.

Studio Roso responded to this by creating a branch structure with three attachment points on which 12.000 metallized discs are suspended. This branch references both the physical and ephemeral qualities of nature and complements the floral pattern in the original mosaic, vaulted ceiling.

Seen directly from below, the chandelier appears transparent and slim allowing an almost unobstructed view to the mosaic ceiling. Viewed from any other angle the chandelier is a rich volume, where all discs appear as an almost flowing cloud.

The discs are attached so that they can move, so whenever a guest enters through the entrance any wind or turbulence will make the discs flicker and move, creating dynamic shadows and reflections that makes an ever changing, dynamic, theatrical lobby space.