Architect’s Rendering Offers First Glimpse Of New Hotel Planned for Des Moines

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Architect's rendering of the proposed new Artemis Hotel, to be located in Des Moines. Click on image to see larger version.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story is from our sister site The Waterland Blog, which covers Des Moines:}

by Ralph Nichols

The lodging corridor serving Sea-Tac International Airport, which runs from SeaTac into Tukwila, will soon extend south into Des Moines.

Groundbreaking for the Artemis Hotel – a four-star hotel located at 22606 Pacific Highway S. in Des Moines – is expected sometime between mid-spring and early summer 2011.

Yareton Investment & Management LLC, a Washington real estate developer, is preparing to build “a distinctive boutique hotel” on 1.45 acres in the city’s Pacific Ridge commercial zone, according to its website.

The Artemis Hotel will be on the “highly competitive airport lodging corridor … where high-rated hotel chains are situated,” notes the Yareton website, which includes a first look at an architect’s rendering of the building exterior.

Belay Architecture of Tacoma is designing the “sophisticated eight-story mid-rise” hotel – now in the design-review stage – with 320 guestrooms, two full-service restaurants and a bar lounge, a banquet facility, and an outdoor swimming pool.

One restaurant is expected to serve authentic Chinese (not Chinese-American) cuisine.

The development site is four miles south of the airport and the southern terminus of the Link Light Rail route to Seattle, and just north of Kent-Des Moines Road where a state vehicle emissions testing station was located.

“There never was any doubt in my mind that this project would come to fruition,” Mayor Bob Sheckler told The Waterland Blog on Dec. 29.

“This is just one indicator that the city of Des Moines is on its way to economic recovery, and that our ties with foreign investors on both sides of the Pacific are beginning to pay dividends for those investors and our community alike.”

Sheckler played a pivotal role in bringing the Artemis Hotel – once planned for Tacoma – to Des Moines during a trip to China in November 2009.

While he went there to build foundations for a sister-city relationship with Changle, China, and an exchange program between Chinese community college students and Highline Community College, he came home with an agreement to build the multi-million-dollar hotel in Des Moines.

“I hope all the naysayers will be there for the groundbreaking,” Sheckler added.

The city’s 2011 budget includes permitting and development fees from the hotel project that spared three jobs from the chopping block.

Council members Dan Sherman and Scott Thomassen opposed including those fees, which will be received later in the year, in the budget and expressed doubts about whether the hotel actually would be built.

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17 Responses to “Architect’s Rendering Offers First Glimpse Of New Hotel Planned for Des Moines”
  1. critical thinker says:


  2. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Kinda looks like Burien Town Square…….

    • jimmy p says:

      thats what i was thinking to i was thinking maybe they finely are doing something with it owell also i hope they make a anti ho zone there to keep the jons/ho’s away from the new hotel

  3. TcB says:

    It isn’t really ugly. As an amateur student of architecture is seems that it has qualities of “Brutalism”, but in a modern way so it isn’t just all concrete. It’s a little bit of a throwback to the 50’s and 60’s but given a modern facade. I hope it’s successful since it will provide jobs and also sounds like there will be some interesting new eating establishments close by.

    • critical thinker says:

      I see. So what you are saying is that it is not ACTUALLY ugly, it just LOOKS ugly. And there’s no such thing as ugly architecture, it’s just that the uneducated eye might perceive ugliness where it doesn’t actually exist. Where the general public might look at the illustration and think, “This lazy fucking architect just took a basic box, the cheapest possible building for that footprint, and tried to disguise it with a hodgepodge of surface treatments so it looks like something new,” that’s really just a lack of appreciation and education. I get it now.

      Thank you for enlightening us.

      • TcB says:

        Are you attempting to insult me by calling me educated? Stupid is not cool.

        • critical thinker says:

          Not trying to insult you at all. I just disagree with you that any amount of education or sophistication could make this building not ugly.

          • TcB says:

            Those don’t look like surface treatments. If you check up on Brutalism you’ll see that each room is slightly longer or shorter, that is why some stick out more than others. This is classic Brutalism in that the interior of the building is brought through to the exterior. I believe this is now called Neo-Brutalism. It’s a popular architecture style with many people. But I understand that you don’t like it and that’s fine. Now you know why you don’t like it.

    • Coverofnight says:

      So, TcB is an amateur student of architecture, eh? Well, as your amateur Professor of Architecture, I’m assigning you further reading regarding the evolution of the Modern design movement – all the way back to 1896 when Louis Sullivan coined the (now simplified) “form follows function” phrase. In particular, look at his Wainwright Building and how he merged artistic detail with clean, modern lines. Unfortunately, throughout the years, economics has virtually eliminated the architectural embellishments put there by craftsmen which gave buildings their timeless beauty. Today, speculative greed has given us design that has no soul. From the rendering, this building seems to fall into that camp. The only interesting thing this building has to offer is the Mondrian-like color scheme of its exterior. Broadway Boogie-Woogie it’s not; more like Des Moines Sleepwalking Shuffle.

      However, without knowing the budget, the design parameters laid out by the owners, and/or the City’s regulations, I hesitate to criticize the design of buildings. In most cases, the architect’s hands are tied in offering design that enhances the surrounding community. From this architect’s body of work, however, it does appear that they follow the flavor-of-the-day architectural style pushed by the media as outstanding design. And it appears that the mayor is more interested in immediate tax revenue than long-term aesthetic value to that city.

      It’ll be interesting to see if Sherman and Thomassen are correct and it never gets built. But don’t be surprised if the final design, due to increased costs, is even more bland than this rendering. Gotta run – gotta get back to my students.

      • TcB says:

        For me to say that I’m an amateur student means that I’m interested, thoughtful, and yes, very easily could be wrong.
        For you to say that your “my” amateur professor is arrogant, and oxy-moronic. Who the heck is going to believe an “amateur professor”?
        Mondrianesque? Please.
        Yes this building has probably been designed with an eye to cost. Did you think they can just make it a Taj Mahal because you won’t accept less?
        Ok people I’m done. All I’m trying to say is that it’s an ok little hotel that will be built down there (I probably won’t even see it and neither will you) It’s very nice to see that it’s being built to offer jobs and some new restaurants. It’s neat that that’s happening for the area ok? I just can’t keep fighting the rising tide of hate and bile spewing forth from the likes of some of you, who never, ever, ever post anything nice about anything. It’s sad but what you really like to do is post to contradict, on anything, because this is what gives you pleasure.

  4. Toland says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    Just because “you” think its ugly, doesn’t mean that everyone does.
    I happen to like Modern Architecture.
    After all, if you think “you” could design better, perhaps you should go to Architecture School.

  5. Lee Moyer says:

    So it is an “emperor’s clothes” style of architecture where those who aren’t worthy don’t appreciate the beauty. Why not The scam worked for the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center.
    Actually, it looks to me like the style of contemporary architecture where the design is meant to blend into the invironment. The current environment is bankrupt projects and unfinished construction. Some parts of the building seem to be waiting for the window cut outs, other parts still need siding. I have an old blue tarp they can have to hang off the edge of the roof as the finishing touch.

  6. Courtney says:

    Here’s an opportunity to build a beautiful boutique and they propose an eyesore. Guess it goes along with all the other new building around here, no taste and something else to add to the TACKY descriptor in our area. How perfect.

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