45,000 SF Mixed Use, Hospitality, Commercial, Interior Design, Re Use
Architecture, Interior Design
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The renovation of The Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel involved all public spaces including reception, lobby areas, multiple restaurants, bars, retail spaces, fitness center, Regency Club, and associated BOH areas. We proposed to re-conceptualize all the central public spaces as Chicago’s urban “living room” optimizing the existing courtyard plan, with the hotel amenities positioned around the perimeter in an intuitive, logical arrangement. This provides a common space from which all of the hotel’s circulation options are visible. The carefully arranged furniture allow an diverse range of interactions and the selected finishes throughout the project were chosen to create comfortable inviting environments referencing Chicago’s rich history of materials.
Due to the hotel’s vast number of guestrooms in combination with the largest hotel convention space in Chicago, the project’s way-finding system also provided fertile ground for intervention; an opportunity to orchestrate the circulation of the extremely high volume of traffic across multiple hotel floors. From the exterior the issue was addressed by locating the Hyatt logo across the bridge which helps people indentify the hotel as well as establishes a visual link between the two buildings on opposite sides the street.
The total project area of 45,000 sf spans two levels in an open, atrium-style structure, connecting two towers of guestrooms, totaling 2019 keys. The resulting public space design unites the hotel’s multiple program areas in a simple yet sophisticated solution, promoting the Hyatt Regency brand in their largest hotel, on one of their most prominent sites.
Oppenheim Architecture + Design