Project name: W Chicago Lakeshore
Category: Lobby/Public Areas
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date completed: June 2014
Interior designer: Meyer Davis
Architect: Architect of Record: Herb Zelikoff
Hotel Group (if applicable): Starwood

Meyer Davis has designed a distinctly modern urban escape filled with dramatic glamour for the newly renovated W Chicago Lakeshore. Meyer Davis’ design concept for the W Chicago Lakeshore was formed on the basis of three intrinsic architectural themes – Chicago’s history and tradition of architecture, the hotel’s iconic Lake Shore Drive locations, and shadows and reflections of innovation. The design showcases the confluence of a vibrant world-class city meeting the serene edge of Lake Michigan and pays homage to the architectural ingenuity of Chicago. It mirrors the city’s energy, invention and industrialism. Sleeker, sexier public areas include a new signature farm-to-table restaurant, a living room concept space, and an expansion of the hotel’s prime meeting and event space, which boasts 360 degree views of the city.

W Lakeshore is characterised by modern lighting, energetic colours, contemporary furniture and sleek finishes that mimic and reflect the vibrant city skyline and reveal layers of the city’s architectural ingenuity. Vivid, modern and textured lighting energises public areas and is used to create specific architectural moments. This is seen with the alternating digital images above the “conversation pods” – intimate, semi-private lounge settings separated by beaded drapery adjacent to the bar. One of the luxurious elements is Meyer Davis’ modern Heatherwick-inspired “oyster” that frames the rear of the restaurant.

520 guestrooms and suites uphold the theme of shadows and reflections with metallic and lacquered finishes reflecting incredible views. The guestrooms showcase a palette of blues and greys, black and white, and a splash of chartreuse. Additional touches include custom silver wire brushed wooden millwork, modern chandeliers, and graphic cushions and wall coverings made from artwork by Carsten Witte, as well as custom carpeting. Creating a variety of textures, layers, and architectural pieces that could both enhance the scale of the project and also provide an intimate setting for guests. The design aesthetic is unique for Chicago. It’s breathtaking, but the hotel is also comfortable and spacious, so every custom finish has room to breathe and be appreciated.