The Godfrey Hotel

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The hotel experience at the Godfrey was based on one simple assumption, different people need and expect different things in their hotel rooms. As a result, there are 26 different room types in this 220 key hotel. It is a similar to the Apple watch that offers an endless variety of ways to see time – it is a single design that caters to human variability. Conventional wisdom suggests you design the ideal hotel room and repeat it over and over again. The Godfrey rejects convention and celebrates variability. The architecture expresses mindset in a form that defies the logic of gravity – using a staggered truss structural system, full story high steel trusses span across the full width of the building and are staggered from one floor to the next. With the corridors and vertical circulation aligned vertically, the offsetting mass of the building accommodates the different room configurations. The trusses also allow for clear spans on the fourth floor for the restaurant and meeting rooms.

Architect of Record

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates


Oxford Capital Group

General Contractor

Lend Lease


  • Gettys Hospitality Design and Development
  • Wolff Landscape Architecture
  • Structural Affiliates International