Mies van der Rohe’s last constructed skyscraper, the IBM building in Chicago, has recently undergone a major renovation to become home to the 316 room Langham luxury hotel, ditching the modernist office building status it once held.
The property will comprise of rooms decorated by the London firm Richmond International, as well as a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with sleek interiors by the Rockwell Group. Guestrooms will have 9.5 foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. It also will feature a 5,000 square-foot ballroom, a 9,000 square-foot restaurant, wine room, indoor pool and fitness centre. Keeping the familial tradition, Mies’s grandson, architect Dirk Lohan, has designed the iconic building’s ground-floor lobby.
The Langham Hotel in Chicago occupies the first 13 floors of the 52-storey aluminium and tinted-glass clad modern tower, with offices installed the floors above. The architecture firm Perkins + Will currently has its Chicago offices in the IBM Building.