Dana Hotel and Spa

Distinguished Building Award Submission

This slender boutique hotel is an exercise in architectural simplicity. Located on a small lot, each of its 26 floors comprises only 5,500 square feet. The building’s honest, raw aesthetic showcases restraint in its use of natural, unembellished materials.

The concrete and glass structure was set back from the street to allow for a sidewalk café, as well as to communicate a gracious welcome to guests and passersby. From the street, one can see into the first floor lounge and observe the bustle of activity in the lobby above.

The architect balanced this transparency by creating an experiential journey to the hotel lobby and restaurant on the second floor. Guests travel in a luminous, lantern-like elevator; once arrived, they are distinctly “inside,” separate from the streetscape.

The 216 guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed concrete, wood floors, and clear glass showers that look out through the room. The rooftop lounge continues the play with the public and private: a 1,200 square foot outdoor terrace extends the interior’s organic forms and provides spectacular views.

The architecture’s clean minimalism is a counterbalance to the rich, evocative interior design. Together, they create a guest environment that manages to be both vibrant and restful.

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects
  • EDI Architecture
  • H.H. Angus & Associates
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews
General contractor
Bovis Lend Lease
Chicago, Illinois