The design vision for The Forester, A Hyatt Place Hotel, was to create a guest experience that celebrates the Lake Forest, IL founding motto “Naturae et Scientiae Amor” (“Love of Science and Nature”). As the first boutique-inspired Hyatt Place in the world and the first new hotel to be built in over 90 years in Lake Forest, the investor and developer, Janko Group, envisioned chic and unique for the six-story custom project.
NORR created a design that was a blend of modern lines and natural materials with industrial detail and metalworks that provide an accompaniment to the existing architectural features of the Lake Forest streetscape. The white planar feature that acts as a backdrop and organizing element is a soaring trapezoid on the East, referring to the prototype Hyatt Place. Atop the building base is a high-tech, glass and metal panel element that defines the entry space. The interior biophilic design features a front desk sourced from a local oak tree and custom light fixtures that work to strengthen the indoor-outdoor relationships of the space. Science and nature are woven throughout from artwork inspired by local artists to floor-to-ceiling windows that provide access to natural light, all working together in a sustainability theme.
The result is a unique offering featuring 156 guest rooms, more than 4,500 square feet of flexible event space, an upscale bistro and bar, and a private patio. While the common spaces create the boutique experience, the guestrooms maintain the comforts of the Hyatt Place brand standards. In collaboration with long-time partners Hyatt and Janko Group, NORR delivered a cutting-edge design that offers guests a premium stay in the heart of Lake Forest’s Conway Park.
- ASID 2021 Design Excellence Awards – First Place, Hospitality
- Cisco Project of the Year, New Construction – Suburbs (+$20m)
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