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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 6 - Winter - Dwyane Wade

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312-357-1200; london restoration team, notes Rutledge. But the biggest trials were designing and building a seamlessly synchronized addition for a contiguous postage-stamp sized lot and programming the building. "It required an addition that would be different but aesthetically compatible with the build- ing's Art Deco style, and 55 different room layouts to accommodate the unique shape and size of the building's spaces," explains Rutledge. Oxford Capital tapped Goettsch Partners to design a dazzling, Modernist-inspired glassy addition, and Simeone Deary Design Group to fashion interiors that channel design elements of the Roaring Twenties, reimagined for a contempo- rary grand hotel. But for Rutledge, nothing was more challenging than transforming the first 13 floors of Mies van der Rohe's last project, the minimal International Style 52-story 1972 former IBM Building (now anchor to the AMA) into an opulent Langham Hotel (330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988; langham "We bought a subdivision of the building at the beginning of the Great Recession, and also had to deal with an international consortium of development, design and construction professionals," he notes. Rutledge called on van der Rohe's grandson, architect Dirk Lohan of Lohan Anderson, Goettsch Partners, and London interiors firm Richmond Group to forge luxury spaces that nod to the building's heritage while reflecting the European sensibilities of the Langham Hospitality Group. The successful adaptive reuse of the IBM Building substantiates van der Rohe's ideas about universal space. While these buildings were all planned as office spaces, they all have successful new lives as luxury hotels. . LondonHouse Chicago's expansive Presidential Suite, here, exemplifies the transformation of the London Guarantee building, pictured at right, from landmark to luxe hotel. Below right, a bedroom with river views at the luxe Langham, and the hotel's popular lounge. THIS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICHOLAS JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY (LONDONHOUSE); KAUFMANN & FABRY, COURTESY OF THE BUILDING ARCHIVES (EXTERIOR); COURTESY OF THE LANGHAM HOTEL, CHICAGO (LANGHAM). OPPOSITE PAGE: COURTESY OF KIMPTON HOTELS MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 149

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