Hyatt in the Loop

VOA Hospitality Studio projects Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place open in Chicago

The Hospitality Studio at VOA Associates Incorporated is proud to announce the completion of two exciting new hospitality projects in downtown Chicago. Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago at 100 W Monroe St is among the very first of Hyatt’s new boutique urban experience hotels to open nationwide. Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown The Loop at 28 N Franklin St is an upscale select service hotel.


Lobby, Hyatt Centric

Chicago is a world-class city and travel destination. The Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago and Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop are wonderful new options for its visitors. We are proud to have served as the architect and design team for these two fine additions to our great city, each located within blocks of Hyatt’s global corporate headquarters.

Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago (100 W Monroe St) opened late this summer, concurrently with Hyatt Centric South Miami Beach. Together they are first properties within the Hyatt Centric concept. The Hyatt Centric brand is designed to appeal “Modern Explorers,” travelers who look for a cosmopolitan vibe in the center of the action. Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago is designed to be an authentic entryway to the city with human touches and a focus on a simple, welcoming experience.


Hyatt Centric The Loop

The stylish Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago occupies a 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper putting guests in walking distance to Chicago museums and Millennium Park. Its 257 guest rooms are vibrant and outfitted with flat-screen TVs, iPod docs and WiFi. Upgraded rooms have seating areas and city views. Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago is home to Aire, a 10,000 SF rooftop on the 24th floor with a capacity of 230 and the upscale French bistro Cochon Volant Bakery, Brasserie and Bar.


Rooftop, Hyatt Centric The Loop

VOA served as the Executive Architect on Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago providing architecture and interior architecture services while Gary Lee Partners provided the interior design. Walsh Construction served as the general contractor. VOA worked closely with the owner and Hyatt on design development for the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago.

VOA’s design challenge for this adaptive reuse project was to preserve and enrich the historic features of the almost century-old building in a landmark district while creating the layout for a contemporary hotel. This also involved making necessary updates in mechanical zones and means of egress.


Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown The Loop

The select service Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown The Loop (28 N Franklin St) debuted this summer, two months ahead of schedule. The new 18-story building features 206 guest rooms. Hotel amenities are concentrated on the 2nd and 3rd floors and include three meeting rooms with floor to ceiling windows, a 1,440 SF fitness center, and an indoor swimming pool. Hyatt Place features a three-meal, 103-seat restaurant and free WiFi for guests.

VOA provided architecture and interior design services on the hotel on an extremely tight 90’x90’ urban infill site. The VOA Hospitality studio worked closely with Hyatt to customize programming to create an urban prototype for Hyatt Place. Located in walking distance to Hyatt HQ, the prototype serves as a showcase property for developers.


Room, Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown The Loop

VOA’s design challenge was to transform a brand previously associated with a suburban low-rise structure to a downtown urban high-rise brand. Adding more complexity to the project was its tight urban site, an 8200 square foot lot.

VOA The building envelope is comprised of a blue monolithic window wall, the “gem” facing Franklin Street.  Flanking the south and east sides of the gem are the building’s “shoulders” which are comprised  of architectural precast panels which simulate travertine stone.

Coffee to Bar, Hyatt Place

Coffee to Bar, Hyatt Place

The hotel’s 4250 square feet of roof garden is emblematic of the sustainable design practices and materials choices employed in targeting the building for LEED-NC Silver certification.

Complementary interior and architectural team design concepts bring the outside in. The exterior plaza of the adjacent UBS Tower building enhances the south elevation, providing the Hyatt Place with views of an urban plaza. VOA designers created a continuous horizontal element that functions as exterior canopy that becomes an acoustical metal panel ceiling on the interior.

Watch Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian tour the new Hyatt Place on CNN.

For media inquiries, please contact: Elizabeth Brennan

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