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Fairmont Chicago Hotel
Chicago, IL
Rockwell Group


Located in the heart of Chicago, the award-winning Fairmont Hotel chose Rockwell Group to lead the $50 million renovation of its grand property. Rockwell Group worked with Brad Oldham, Inc on a key architectural feature and function for the lobby. The 100 foot long, 12 foot tall sculptural wall provided a beautiful, visual break between the lobby and the wine bar to encourage a social atmosphere by using an open, circular layout.

To create the sculpture, BOI first designed a structural steel base that bolted to the ground for stability. The -inch bronze tubing was designed to slip over the steel base, thereby minimizing the structure’s visual element while physically providing solid structure to the wall. In all, nearly 9,000 feet of -inch bronze tubing was used in the wall. The -inch bronze “sticks” were carefully placed throughout the screen to simulate a tree-like pattern that some say evokes the feeling of bamboo. Each stick held a hand-blown glass pod on either end to bring a pop of light to the warm, antique-finished bronze material. The wall was lit using low-voltage MR16 lights from the bottom up. The lighting angle combined with the placement of the bronze sticks within the wall created an organic bird’s nest-like image on the hotel lobby ceiling - a strong connectivity between the outdoors ad the interior design that Rockwell Group wanted.

The BOI team designed and engineered the bronze, steel, and hand-blown glass wall in its Dallas studios, then took a 9-man team of craftsmen to Chicago to assemble the artwork and install the final piece. In order to provide minimal disruption to hotel’s daily operations, an aggressive 3-day installation schedule was formulated.

Hotel guests now use the space as a community area and a place to spend time instead of a quick stop before retreating to their rooms after check-in. Visitors to the hotel also find the contemporary yet elegant space a place to mingle and gather.