JW Marriott

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The JW Marriott Indianapolis, the largest JW in the world, is a new five-star, 34-story hotel that houses 1,005 guest rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting facilities and was built to serve the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, numerous nearby museums and the greater Midwest.

The new hotel pays homage to its setting through site orientation, massing and materials. The hotel is characterized by an iconic, jewel-like glass tower rising above a podium to create a memorable new landmark that redefines the skyline of Indianapolis.

The crescent-shaped tower fronts the city and is pivoted within the site, reinforcing the downtown Indianapolis grid to the east, while also acknowledging the museum campus gardens and White River to the west and north edges of the site.

Despite its large size, the design employs the careful use of multiple scales and materials. A low-rise masonry and limestone podium wraps the west and south facades contextually recognizing the adjacent museums and ballpark. The 34-story tower interlocks with the podium and presents itself in full height along the east and north facades adjacent to the central business district. A two-story, glass canopy and podium define the main entrance on West Street.

White Lodging
  • Circle Design Group
  • Magnusson Klemencic Assoc.
  • Simeone Deary Design Group
General contractor
Hunt Construction Group
Indianapolis, Indiana