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Hotel, Chicago, EMC2-Hotel, Koo & Associates

Inspired by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity: the EMC2 Hotel in Chicago

The New York architecture and design studio known as the Rockwell Group was in charge of interior decoration at the 195-room EMC2 Hotel in Chicago. Inside the new building by Koo & Associates, science becomes design: the concept is based on the innovative spirit of Einstein’s theory of relativity.

When visitors walk into the hotel, which is located near Northwestern University, they are greeted by a large volume consisting of stacked bookcases. This enormous bookshelf runs along the reception to the lobby, where it serves to partition several smaller seating areas.

A stairway within the bookcase leads to an archive lounge on the first upper storey; the breakfast room, which come evening transforms into a restaurant with an open kitchen, can also be reached via the “secret” steps. The guests’ rooms have been decorated with objects that creatively add science to the overall scene. Even the abstract, dynamic patterns of the custom-made carpets in the hotel corridors feature images of molecules enlarged under a microscope.

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