Client Thompson Hotels / A J Capital / Walton St Capital Location Chicago, USA Completed 2013
Thompson Chicago is a landmark Chicago hotel at the centre of the Gold Coast. Tara Bernerd & Partners was responsible for the full interior architecture and design of the 246 bedrooms and all public areas, including two bars and the restaurant, Nico Osteria, for renowned Chicago restaurateurs One Off Hospitality.
The first thing Bernerd and her team did on being hired was to analyze the floor plans. The original configuration had a porte-cochère entrance, which was deemed a waste of prime space. They quickly realized that by eliminating this feature and substituting it with a glazed facade, the internal floor space of the building would increase considerably.
The design scheme for the hotel sets a warm, seductive ambience, paying homage to its urban location. Raw components such as exposed brick, iron framework and timber beams were balanced out with rich, smoky velvets, fantastic grey flannels and soft leathers to create an overall sensation of rough luxury.