Goettsch Partners adds folded glass tower above historic Chicago hotel

Local architecture firm Goettsch Partners has built a tower with a wave-like glass facade on top of Chicago‘s 1920s Cedar Hotel.

Goettsch Partners added the eighteen storey tower to the existing four-storey Cedar Hotel to create an expanded hotel named the Viceroy Chicago.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

The new tower, which spans 150,000 square feet (45,720 square metres), has a completely different visual identity than the existing four-storey structure.

Its angular glass curtain contrasts with the original build, which is rectangular in form and constructed from red brick with ornate terracotta details.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

The architects preserved the original 1920s structure, with the building’s brickwork informing the design of the modern addition.

“The distinctive ‘folding’ geometry is inspired by the argyle-like pattern found in the historic brick façade below,” said a statement from Goettsch Partners.

A new rooftop terrace has been created on the former rooftop of the brick structure.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

The hotel is topped with a rooftop pool and cocktail lounge that has views across the city skyline and the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Hospitality design firm TAL Studio led the interior design of the 150,000 square feet (13,935 square metres) hotel.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

Along with 180 bedrooms, the hotel has a 5,000-square-foot (464-square-metre) meeting and event space, and a 2,200-square-foot (204-square-metre) ballroom.

A triple-height lobby atrium is furnished with marble floors, brass light fixtures, and decorative pieces that reference the French poet Marcel Proust, while an outdoor dining area and terrace overlook the street.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

A large reception desk is clad in bronze and rests in front of a large painting that depicts a Venetian carnival recital by South American Cubist artist Badi. In another room, there is a colourfully patterned wall – a digital reproduction of art by London artist Tim Modus.

“The display is inspired by the architectural elements and sculptural forms of the midcentury, and serve as a nod to Chicago’s storied architectural history,” said Goettsch Partners.

Viceroy Chicago by Goettsch Partners

The hotel is the latest hotel to open in the city joining the recently opened Ace Hotel by Los Angeles studio Commune Design with colourful modernist furnishings.

Photography is by James Steinkamp and Christian Horan.

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