Classic facade enables integration with adjacent buildings
Brennan Beer Gorman Architects and Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors (BBG-BBGM), in association with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, have designed the new 243-key Conrad Indianapolis. The hotel encompasses the ground through 17th floors and is topped by six levels of luxury residential condominiums. Two existing historic buildings adjacent to the hotel site on Washington Street are integrated into the 22-storey tower.
A limestone-colored façade echoes the classic high rises of Indianapolis. The cap of the building is punctuated by an arcade of double-height windows and a strong crown that is illuminated at night to announce the building on the skyline. The tower is terraced at the top to enhance its verticality while also providing a gentle transition from the body of the tower to the smaller-scaled buildings on the street. The terraced design also enables private balconies to be added to several of the condominiums.
The building’s façade is articulated in three primary ways to reinforce its verticality using three different window systems. The verticality of the narrower north and south facades is reinforced with the introduction of classic Chicago bay windows. Wrapping the corners are similar punched versions of the Chicago style that transitions into the typical vertical bay windows found in the body of the tower. The building is designed to provide a monochromatic simplicity that enhances its verticality.
The entry podium has been designed to appear as an independent structure. Its scale and detail is evocative of the existing facades on Washington Streets while facilitating a transition to the new tower; it serves as both a link to the past and guide to the future.