Chicago is defined by its relationship to Lake Michigan, but because of the Burnham Plan, a hotel on Navy Pier would be the only location that would have the opportunity to provide the experience of looking back at the postcard view of the Chicago skyline. Because of this unique opportunity, KOO started with a window box as the organizing principle for the design of the facade of this 200 guestroom hotel on our “third coast”. Guestrooms offer a window seat from which to view and connect with the City. The angled surface orientation creates a textured exterior that subtly reflects the ever-changing range of light, shadow, and color of the Lake. This project is currently under construction.
The first hotel at Chicago’s landmark Navy Pier is intended to be sophisticated, to reflect it’s urban context, but also relaxed, the perfect spot at the place where the city meets the lake.
The design of the hotel celebrates the unique assets of its location on Navy Pier. Capitalizing on views with a front row “window seat” in each guestroom, it provides the perfect one-of-a-kind spot to frame the city’s famed skyline and Lake Michigan.
The design concept pulls inspiration from the location’s history as a port by incorporating subtle nautical cues like weathered brass, ship building materials and the use of smooth curves similar to those of a ship’s interior cabin into the design of the guestrooms as well as the lobby. These motifs are layered with elements of whimsy drawn from 19th century Pageant of Progress held at the Pier.
The color palette is grounded by mixed neutrals and highlighted by a spectrum of blues and blue-greens, balanced with an overall ambiance of luxury.