Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is considered a pioneer of the modernist architecture movement. The German architect – best known for his Barcelona Pavilion (and the iconic Barcelona chairs found inside of it) – was a figurehead in the Chicago architecture scene, leading the city’s Bauhaus movement throughout the 1940s. Mies van der Rohe’s final project was Chicago’s IBM Building, which was completed four years after his passing in 1973. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the project became a luxurious hotel when Langham Hotels completed its lovely Langham Chicago. Occupying the second through 13th floors of the structure, the hotel retains a few Mies trademarks, like travertine stone and thermopane windows (a cutting-edge revelation during the architect’s days). But though suites include Mies-designed chaise lounge sets, the overarching design is decidedly un-Mies with opulent and glittering decor that, though warm and welcoming, stands in direct opposition to the architect’s modernist “less is more" ethos.
Chicago, Illinois, USA