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Unlike any other place at The Broadmoor, Summit owes its strikingly contemporary interior design to Adam D. Tihany. The famed architect took his inspiration from the story of Pikes Peak, whose long-held road race, the International Hill Climb, was a pet project of hotel founder Spencer Penrose. Occupying a long, narrow, curved space on the ground level of Broadmoor Hall, Summit suggests streamlining in every detail, from the pattern on the colorful carpet to the extraordinary, slowly revolving steel-and-glass wine turret. Hues of leaf green and warm brown, punctuated by golds and sky blues, reflect the mountain landscape. And although you can’t tell by looking, the light fixtures are repurposed oil-filter drums. Even the entrance to the restrooms slyly hints at the theme via display panels containing nuts and bolts.
The interior of Summit is an architect’s representation of the auto race to the top of Pikes Peak. The restaurant lighting and the room’s curved walls give one the sense that they are climbing to the top of Pikes Peak. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 14-foot wine tower that symbolizes the summit of the mountain. Various touches that provide the sense of motion and energy are integrated throughout the restaurant.