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Drift Hotel
by Anacapa Architecture

Drift Hotel by Anacapa Architecture
Photo by Erin Feinblatt

Anacapa Architecture has renovated and designed the new Drift Hotel in Santa Barbara, United States.

This project is a 45-key boutique hotel in the heart of downtown at 524 State Street – a reincarnation of a 20th-century hotel that once lived in this space.

Previously housing a Church of Scientology, the building was dilapidated, heavily partitioned and underused.

"The renovation was thoughtful and meticulous – geared around bringing a new demographic of travellers into Santa Barbara," said Anacapa Architecture.

The first-floor layout is very open, with operable partitions between the coffee shop and bar, allowing for an intermingling of locals and travellers.

Placed within existing openings, custom bi-fold doors open towards the pedestrian-only promenade to further draw in passersby.

This project has been longlisted in the hotel and short stay interior category of Dezeen Awards 2023.

Studio: Anacapa Architecture
Project: Drift Hotel
Credits: Dan Weber, Jessi Finnicum-Schwartz, Lila Boyce and Erin Feinblatt

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