2019 Merit Award
Located in the thriving Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago, Ace Hotel offers guests ground-floor retail, a welcoming streetscape, outdoor lounge, as well as five event spaces, including a lush, 5th floor Prairie terrace.
Near the entry, inviting outdoor patio is a lively gathering space enclosed by a Mies van der Rohe-inspired open colonnade comprised of steel columns and abundant plants that create an airy, “living” partition. Atop the ground floor public spaces on the fifth floor is Prairie, an open, flexible garden terrace. The unique 2,900 square foot terrace features unobstructed views of the skyline, lush plantings, footpaths, and the centerpiece – a playful blue lounging dome where visitors are encouraged to climb, sit in, and swing on this massive sculptural feature. The crisp blue structural steel sits among a diverse prairie planting that represents Chicago’s landscape history. The landscape is both peaceful and lively and can host many groups of people at once.