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Garrett Rock

New York, NY, US

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Langham Hotel Chicago

This new five-star hotel occupies the first thirteen floors of the historic 330 North Wabash (formerly the IBM Building). Designed by modernist icon Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the structure, in particular the lobby, epitomizes mid-century Chicago Modernism. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010; this designation, along with being a Chicago Historic Landmark, protect the structure from undergoing major changes to the original design intent.

    Understanding the sensitivity of the landmark building and the challenge of marrying a corporate environment with a luxury hotel, the client hired Dirk Lohan, grandson of Mies van der Rohe, to oversee and design the interior furnishings for the Ground Floor Lobby. The lobby is furnished with custom pieces—reception cabinet, credenza, lounge desk, lounge chairs and settees, and floor lamps—specifically designed for the project. The project also entails a new bronze entry canopy, a beaded drapery curtain, and artwork selection.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Chicago, IL, US
My Role: Junior Architect
Additional Credits: Work by Lohan Anderson

Photography by Hedrich Blessing