Inland Steel Restoration

An archival photograph shows an interior of the Inland Steel Building not long after it was completed in the 1950s.

The façade of the building has achieved landmark status, so it will remain unchanged during the renovation and restoration process.

Plans to convert Inland Steel into an office hotel replicate the mid-century aesthetic with updates such as a perforated metal ceiling and motorized shades to cut down on heat gain.

FLOOR PLAN OPTIONS The open floor plates allow tenants to customize their own floor plans with a mix of open plan, shared, and private office space; conference rooms; and communal areas.

WALL SECTION WITH AIR SUPPLY A system of demountable walls was devised so that each completely open floor can be divided as the client sees fit. The panel shown in section is faced in wood and contains a concealed air duct to aid airflow throughout the space and air return to the chilled beam system above the metal ceiling.

CEILING SYSTEMS The perforated metal ceiling tiles conceal a series of systems including the lighting fixtures, the bulk of the sprinkler system, and the chilled beams, which serve as a low-energy HVAC alternative.

CURTAIN WALL SECTION Originally, the architects planned to retrofit the curtain wall system to include double glazing for performance reasons, but concerns from the landmarks commission led to the development of a series of motorized shades (seen here in section) to increase the thermal performance of the single-glazed façade.

Each space can be customized to fit a client's needs, but all finishes maintain a mid-century sensibility to reflect the building's history.

Guests at the office hotel can outfit their space from a catalog of furniture designed to marry a sleek 1950s aesthetic with low-VOC and low-formaldehyde materials to answer modern concerns about sustainability.

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