GREC Architects’ high-rise to open in first quarter of 2010
A new Kimpton Palomar Hotel is getting ready to open in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago. Construction of the 36-story building, which began in early 2008, will be finished in the last quarter of 2009. The hotel will formally open to the public in January 2010.
A lot is packed onto the small site. Lively hotel and residential lobbies occupy the street level, along with a premier restaurant along Illinois Street. Three levels of parking are tucked below the 260-room hotel, which occupies sixteen floors of the project, topped by two levels of ballrooms and amenities. The remainder of the building consists of 124 corporately-owned residences. The residences and hotel share a number of amenities, such as a pool, fitness center, outdoor space, and other recreation areas. Two existing plazas remain at either end of the building, providing breathing space for the new building and offering neighbors and passersby a place to pause.
The stark glass and concrete envelope is sculpted to maximize high-rise drama at the corner of State and Illinois Streets, providing a sleek glass south elevation along Illinois Street. The complicated massing of the rest of the building relates to the adjacent AMA Building, with which the project shares the block, and resolves a number of zoning and programmatic challenges which required a dizzying array of setbacks at varying heights. The project will be GREC’s first built high-rise design in Chicago. The firm currently has other projects underway in Chicago and Abu Dhabi.