EMC2, Chicago

Designed by: Rockwell Group
For client: SMASHotels (Owner) /Marriott International, Inc. (Operator) Floor area: 10758.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year

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About the Project

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection, occupies a new 21-story building in Chicago, located near Northwestern University’s medical campus and local technology firms.

Our firm wanted to capture a moment produced by the intersecting the worlds of art and science. The design concept celebrates their sense of discovery, creativity, and innovation. A curated collection of original artwork by local and international artists is featured throughout the hotel’s public areas including the lobby, elevator bank, and restaurant.

What’s unique about it

Lobby:
As a centerpiece to the two-story volume, a freestanding assemblage of bookcases piled on top of each other creates a place of exploration for the guest. Inspired by the artist and scientist’s shared interest in collecting, it conveys a sense of discovery and wonder, similar to an attic or contemporary cabinet of curiosities. The bookcase wall extends into the
lobby, enveloping the reception area and creating nooks and crannies of curiosities.

Small groupings of eclectic furniture, leather and over dyed area rugs provide an area to relax and add to the lobby’s residential feel. The custom reception desk is a bright polished rose gold and glass. A folding screen depicting a dream state of cloud formations in a digital print on fabric serves as a backdrop for the reception desk.

On the first floor adjacent to the lobby, the 120-seat Albert serves globally inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails to hotel guests and locals alike. A casual neighborhood place, Albert is an airy,double-height space with cozy seating groupings to create a smaller and more intimate-scale for diners.

The simple yet refined residential aesthetic of the rooms is balanced with imaginative, custom touches. The bed is framed by a channel-tufted leather headboard. A copper frame sits above to display artwork on a canvas stretched across the frame with leather straps.

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EMC2 Hotel Queen Guestroom

Guest Bathroom
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EMC2 Hotel Guestroom Bathroom

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EMC2 Hotel King Guestroom

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EMC2 Hotel-The Albert Restaurant

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EMC2 Hotel-The Albert Restaurant

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EMC2 Hotel-Archive Lounge

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EMC2 Hotel-Archive Lounge

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Location of project:
Credits:
David Rockwell, FAIA

Greg Keffer, AIA, LEED

Paris Swann

Havard Cooper

Abbey Kesten

Gorretti Layco

Lauren McGowan

Matt Nadilo

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