When it opened, the $125 million, 334-room Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, became the first Radisson Blu-branded property in the United States. Radisson is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, and the upscale Radisson Blu brand was already well-established in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, is located on the first 18 floors of the architecturally acclaimed, 81-story Aqua Tower, which was designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects and named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year.
The interior of the hotel was the vision of U.K.-based designer Jim Hamilton of Graven Images. His design pays tribute to the Windy City — its history and its industry. At the same time, myriad materials create a visual and tactile experience that is both compelling and contemporary.
Among those materials are iLight Plexineon Blue Series fixtures, which illuminate a striking feature wall behind the reception desk in the hotel lobby.
CharterSills & Associates
Studio Gang Architects, Loewenberg Architcts