Dirk Lohan, grandson of the building’s architect, Mies van der Rohe, designed the street-level lobby of The Langham Chicago. Dating to 1971 and constructed as IBM’s headquarters, the building’s travertine marble and 20-foot windows are signatures enhanced by Lohan’s use of sofas created from an original Mies design. The ground-floor lobby also features a 7.5-foot alabaster head carved by Jaume Plensa.
Located at 330 Wabash Ave., the circa-1971 building housing The Langham Chicago is a landmarked example of Mies van der Rohe’s streamlined, mid-century modern steel-and-glass office building construction.
The second-floor guest reception lobby of The Langham Chicago was designed by London-based Richmond International to reinterpret the building’s clean and simple lines and present the traditional Langham brand in a more contemporary way. Ceilings were heightened to 22 feet and the result is a visual fluidity of light, height and reflection that offers “a nod to an era that was, yet reinvented for today.”
London-based Richmond International’s design for the 316 rooms and suites at The Langham Chicago took cues from the original light-colored travertine marble and bronze detailing in the Mies van de Rohe-designed office building’s lobby. Graceful and elegant, the décor in the Grand Rooms is Richmond’s interpretation of “soft modernity.”
Featuring floor-to-ceiling refurbished thermal-glass windows that have earned the circa-1971 Mies van der Rohe-designed former IBM headquarters LEED Gold certification and provide natural light, the 316 rooms and suites at The Langham Chicago open up the interior space and extend the architecture of the building.
The Langham Chicago turned to David Rockwell and The Rockwell Group to design its signature restaurant and bar, Travelle. Requested to differentiate it from the lobby and other public spaces, Rockwell and his team evoked a glamorous office-inspired “Mad Men” aesthetic.