CHICAGO, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, the North
American flagship property for Sofitel, the prestige brand of Accor hotels,
has been chosen by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects
as the "best new building in Chicago in the last ten years." The hotel is
located at 20 E. Chestnut, at the intersection of Chestnut and Wabash streets.
Designed by award-winning Paris-based architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the
stunning 350,000-square-foot, prism-shaped structure was chosen by 338 of
Chicago's finest architects as one of the city's most outstanding achievements
With its geometric simplicity, attention to detail and careful
orchestration of materials, the striking glass triangular tower displays a
majestic presence, thrusting forward over the street and narrowing as it
rises. Two prominent facades with exposures facing east and southwest allow
for substantial natural light. Adding to the building's refinement is its
exterior of horizontal cladding of opaque and visible glass in dynamic
interaction with its verticality.
"Accor chose architect Jean-Paul Viguier from a number of applicants to
lead this one-of-a-kind project," said Sofitel Chicago Water Tower's General
Manager Patrick Filatre. "With Chicago's history of renowned architecture, we
are proud to have made a significant contribution to the city's striking and
Mr. Viguier was selected for the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower project in
1998, during a design competition judged by top Accor executives and several
outside consultants. His entry was chosen for its design that best
complemented the hotel's exceptional surroundings. Mr. Viguier graduated from
Harvard University with a Master of City Planning in Urban Design, 1973
Graduate School of Design. Mr. Viguier appointed the Chicago-based
architectural firm Teng & Associates to assist on the project with engineering
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower features: 32 floors of 415 elegantly-appointed
guest rooms, including 30 Deluxe Executive Rooms, 32 Deluxe Suites and one
Presidential Suite, each with a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline or
Lake Michigan; 10,000 square feet of meeting room and banquet space; Cafe des
Architectes, a first-class restaurant; Le Bar, a chic meeting place; state-of-
the-art fitness center; and Le Petit Bijou gift boutique.
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower complements an existing portfolio of 10
Sofitel hotels in North America, including: New York, Washington DC,
Philadelphia, Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco Bay, Houston,
Minneapolis and Montreal.
To reserve a stay at any Sofitel hotel or resort, call 1-800-SOFITEL
(763-4835), visit http://www.sofitel.com or http://www.accorhotels.com . To
reserve a stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, please call (312) 324-4000
or visit http://www.sofitel.com .
*Photography available upon request.
Throughout the course of the last four years, Sofitel has become a
benchmark for brand expansion in the luxury hotel market with the prestigious
openings of Sofitel New York, Sofitel Paris Bercy, Sofitel Tokyo, Sofitel St.
James London, Sofitel Palm Beach Marseille, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower,
Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington D.C., Sofitel Marrakech, Sofitel Silom
Bangkok, Sofitel Montreal , Sofitel Buenos Aires, Sofitel Budapest, Sofitel
Nicolas de Ovando (Dominican Republic), Sofitel Boao, Sofitel Chengdu and
Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental Pudong Shanghai in China.
The strategic development of the brand continues into 2004 with a number
of new properties, including, amongst others, Sydney (Australia), Venice
(Italy), Marbella (Spain), and 6 new addresses in China including Sofitel
Royal Lagoon Dongguan (facing Hong Kong) and Sofitel Grand Park Hefei (North
East of Shanghai).
More than 20 Dorint Sofitel hotels are enriching the Sofitel network with
new addresses in the major cities and the leading holiday resorts in Germany,
Netherlands, Austria and Spain (Balearic Islands).
All these openings strengthen the presence of Sofitel, which stands out
with its French "art de vivre" that can be felt in each hotel around the
world; through its decor, art work, uniforms created by Jean-Charles de
Castelbajac, and the cuisine.
Sofitel is the prestige brand of Accor hotels, with more than 180
properties that bring a unique French "art de vivre" to prime locations around
With 150,000 people in 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one
of the world's largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services, with
two major international activities:
- hotels: nearly 4,000 hotels (more than 450,000 rooms) in 90 countries,
casinos, travel agencies, and restaurants;
- services to corporate clients and public institutions: 14 million people
in 34 countries use a broad range of services (food vouchers, people
care and services, incentive, loyalty programs, events) engineered and
managed by Accor.
SOURCE Sofitel Chicago Water Tower