The Hilton Garden Inn is the last of nine new hotels to open in Chicago in 2016 addressing the influx of visitors to the city. This “hotel boom” has caused developers and designers alike to search for creative ways to differentiate their projects and this one does not disappoint. Visible from the Chicago River canal, the building rises to distinction flaunting a unique 10,000 square foot metal mosaic.
Due to a slim foot print between two prominent neighbors; the award winning Church of Science, designed by Chicagoan Harry Weese to the West, and, the designated historical landmark, Chicago Motor Club to the East, four rooms to the front and four rooms to the back floor plan design would be the only efficient way to utilize the narrow lot. The design allowed windows only to the north and south of the building, therefore creating a blank canvas of the highly visible western façade that projects over the Chicago River.
The clients, city, and design team collaborated on the idea that a timeless artistic representation would be the ideal use of the building façade. Ultimately the building’s location, as a part of the Chicago River system, became the inspiration. Using a pixelized photo of sunlight reflecting off of the river a remarkable artwork utilizing five shades of grey is represented. The neutral colors were chosen to be most versatile and the decision to use 5 shades of grey ultimately came from the standard material size.