Godfrey Hotel by Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Godfrey Hotel

Godfrey HotelOxford Capital Group developed a new upscale “boutique‐lifestyle” hotel concept envisioned for repurposing the partially built structure. With this new concept in-hand, Oxford engaged VDTA to make modifications to the original building design while retaining the iconic design of expressive structural frame and assembly of shifted, taut, rectilinear building masses.
Godfrey HotelRealizing the flexibility of a staggered steel truss system’s full building width spans afforded by the staggered spacing of the trusses, the unfinished existing structure was easily replanned for The Godfrey to provide 221 guest-rooms, spa and fitness facilities, street level lobby and hotel support spaces.
Godfrey HotelIn addition, the design team extended the utilization of the 4th floor level out onto the rooftop over the parking podium to create a 15,000 SF indoor|outdoor urban roofscape. All-in-all, the revised program is a significant change from the building’s original extended stay suites/low amenity concept.
Godfrey HotelThe design of the Godfrey Hotel is a continuing exploration of modernist forms, but this experiment looks to a more muscular approach where the juxtaposition of huge yet apparently weightless masses rest on a gracefully balanced structural skeleton reasserting the indeterminate, an ambiguous condition of modern times in what is a truly unexpected way.
Godfrey HotelThe taut metal skinned building forms that shift inward and outward to reveal the expressive structural frame are intentionally daring and honest, a real “Chicago” building, linking to the city’s rich past of architectural innovation.
Godfrey HotelThe form of the Godfrey Hotel is an expression of its staggered truss structural system invented by William LeMessurier in 1966. In this system, story high steel trusses span across the full width of the building and are staggered from floor to floor. Precast planks span from the top chord of one truss to the bottom chord of another truss on the floor above.
Godfrey HotelThis system is very light in weight, can be erected rapidly and has a very low floor to floor height. It also is a system where the deep trusses allow a remarkable freedom to express the program of the hotel, where today’s guest is looking for that unique room satisfies their unique needs and preferences.
Godfrey HotelFrom its base the building form is offset three times, creating rooms of varying depths, creating 26 different room types for a hotel with 221 keys. In addition, the long span trusses create large clear span public and amenity spaces on the 4th floor.
Godfrey HotelThe structural system allows the design to celebrate the human variability its guests, expressing this fact with a form that seemingly defies gravity obeying its own fuzzy logic. It is the exception, along LaSalle Street, that proves the rule that all tall buildings should be boxes no matter what their function.
Godfrey HotelLocation: Chicago, USA
Architects: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Project Manager: CR Daccord, Chicago, IL
General Contractor: Lend Lease, Chicago, IL
Interior Design: The Gettys Group, Chicago, IL
Civil: V3 Consultants LTD, Woodridge, IL
Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Chicago, IL
Structural Engineer: Structural Affiliates International, Nashville, TN
Mechanical: WMA Consulting Engineers, Chicago, IL
Plumbing: Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating Company, Chicago, IL
Fire Protection: Nova Fire Protection, Schaumburg, IL
Area: 53,839 sqft
Year: 2014
Client: Oxford Capital Group & Quadram Group
Photographs: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing
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