Celebration is Disney’s concept for the creation of an American small town. The Master Plan for the entire town envisioned a series of landmarks or meeting nodes to organize the sequence through its streets, including a cinema, bank, and an inn.
Inspired by noted 1920s Florida wood-frame vernacular, the 115-room Inn complements the town’s overall character, without overwhelming its scale and detail. To break down the scale, massing is organized by three primary elements: a main house, garden wing, and west wing. The arrival sequence is characterized by a gracious brick motor court, with a transparent lobby element that offers glimpses of the pool and lake beyond the front doors.
The additive quality of the building form reflects multiple room experiences: garden rooms, tower suites, lake-view rooms and dormer rooms. It also echoes the actual history of many small-town inns, which grew from landmark houses over time. Design elements associated with older, landmark homes in resort areas include dormers, balconies, awnings and substantial roof overhangs.
On the horizon, the Inn functions as a pivotal landmark within Celebration, with a tower that is a visual focal point from anywhere within the town. The symmetrical and axial nature of its facade recognizes the importance of its site along the lake and its overall composition within the community.
The neutral palette of color also reinforces the sense of the Inn being settled into the landscape. Lush native plantings which surround the Inn are also brought to the foreground with the restrained use of exterior materials.
The distinctly residential character of the Inn evokes the grand traditions of waterfront building, while reinforcing the themes of small town and home.