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Richmond transforms iconic tower into luxury Langham Hotel in Chicago

Embodying the timeless qualities that define the Langham legacy since 1865 – heritage, history and legendary hospitality – The Langham, Chicago gracefully blends urban sophistication with refined luxury. Since its grand opening in September 2013, The Langham, Chicago has quickly become a destination of choice as evident with its recent #1 status for best luxury hotel in Chicago on TripAdvisor.

As well as 268 standard rooms there are an additional 48 suites. Two signature suites, The Infinity Suite and The Regent Suite, each span 2,600 sq. ft. The two-bedroom, 12th-floor Infinity Suite with its blond woods and Modernist furniture was inspired by the 1940s and 1950s during the era of the Mid-Century modern trend, yet influenced by the stylish lines of the era. It features a 1940s-inspired cantilever desk, mustard yellow baby grand, honey onyx fireplace, and furnishings offering a classical modern elegance. The 11th-floor Regent Suite mirrors the layout of the Infinity Suite, and has a classical design with more traditional furnishings accented by a stunning Indian lilac marble in the master bathroom.

Conveniently located downtown in a 52-story landmark tower designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, The Langham, Chicago is just minutes away from the boutique-lined boulevards of Chicago’s retail hub and within walking distance to many of the city’s premier tourist sites.

The distinctive dining options at The Langham, Chicago are suited to both business and leisure travelers. Located on the hotel’s second floor, Travelle’s modern David Rockwell design is a splendid stage for Chef Tim Graham’s contemporary take on Mediterranean cuisine served throughout the day. While the Pavilion features Tiffin at The Langham, the brand’s signature afternoon tea that originated at The Langham, London.

The hotel is also home to Chuan Spa, where guests can indulge in signature wellness and holistic treatments as well as a swimming pool, fitness studio and innovative relaxation facilities.

As a protected structure, the exterior and lower two levels of the building could not be significantly altered. However, working with architects Goettsch Partners, Richmond was able to cut new spaces into the Miesian plan to create double height ceilings throughout the main public spaces to allow the light and the cityscapes to become part of the interior architecture. With an average size of 43sq m, hotel guestrooms are among the most generous in the city and offer magnificent views towards Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and downtown Chicago.

Overall, Richmond’s design challenge was to create a series of interiors in character with Langham’s traditional design sensibility yet set in an iconic Mid-Century modern building.

Richmond Principal, Fiona Thompson said:

“We wanted to create an environment that was tied to the Mid-Century modern world, but not a Mies museum. We had to reinterpret the interior standards, presenting the traditional Langham brand in a more contemporary way. The IBM Building is about clean and simple lines and very rich materials, so we took these elements and wove them into the hotel’s interior design scheme.”

Inspired by the original design, Richmond used a simple materials palette of granite, travertine, glass and bronze in combination with a light, fresh colour scheme and an emphasis on luxurious layering and texture in the furnishings.  The light-colored travertine found in the hotel’s lobby is carried through to the guestroom bathrooms, with bronze detailing interspersed throughout the bedrooms.

“Soft modernity runs throughout the hotel,” said Thompson. “We felt it was important to create calm, residential and warm feeling; a living, breathing environment that was not intimidating, but presented a level of luxury that everyone could enjoy.

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