Design with a little Moxy.
Matching the vibe of its target demographic, the Moxy Hotel is young at heart. The Marriott Brand entered the Oakland market in early 2021 with a big splash, using sustainable, modular construction that generates less waste and increases the building’s energy efficiency. The design for the boutique hotel, which represents one of the first new hotel developments in downtown Oakland in almost a decade, personifies the neighborhood’s aesthetic and increasing appeal.
The 172-key hotel sits on the site of a former gas station and is made up of five levels of factory-built wood frame rooms over two levels of a concrete frame constructed on site. In collaboration with Graves Hospitality, RSP’s design for the hotel serves as a social center in the uptown art district, among a historical theater and performing arts venues. Oversized garage doors sit adjacent to the first floor bar and lounge creating an activated street presence. The rooms and corridors are designed in an urban camp concept.
Moxy Oakland’s rooms are cozy but thoughtfully designed in an urban camp concept. The hotel also offers a unique bar check-in experience where guests not only receive their room key, but a craft cocktail on the house. The hotel will also feature the on-site restaurant, La Palabra, from the chef behind Oakland’s popular Cuban parlor and cafe, Caña. La Palabra is slated to open at Moxy Oakland Downtown in Summer 2021.
The building’s façade showcases Oakland’s vibrant art scene with a six-story art installation titled, Shapeshift Oakland. Created by world-renowned, Oakland-based artist Thom Faulders, this 12,000-pound aluminum structure offers an entrancing visual labyrinth of a city known for its continuous change. Creative brickwork patterns echo the neighborhood’s vitality and character while the second-floor exterior terrace embraces its urban energy.