Marriott Airport Hotel Entrance is First Class
Plexineon-edged Porte Cochere Warmly Welcomes Arriving Guests
When the Chicago Marriott O’Hare Airport hotel embarked on a $40 million renovation, one of its goals was to create a more dramatic entrance.
Located near O’Hare International Airport and 15 miles from downtown Chicago, the hotel sought to create a gateway that would set it apart from other area airport hotels.
With the addition of an elegant and contemporary porte cochere, that goal is achieved — especially at night, when the structure’s sweeping curves are highlighted with iLight Plexineon White 2X Series fixtures.
The Design Challenge
In conceiving the lighting scheme for the hotel’s exterior, C. Lindsey Perkins, Senior Designer at Lighting Design Alliance, wanted to accentuate the porte cochere’s profile.
She needed a fixture that could bend to emphasize the porte cochere’s curves. It also needed to emit a smooth, not pixelated, line of light that would look continuous, despite being viewed directly — plus be durable enough to withstand Chicago winters.
Perkins had not yet used Plexineon for a project, but from what she knew, it seemed perfect for the job.
“Plexineon was the first product I thought of because it had all the attributes we were looking for,” she says.
Perkins chose Plexineon White “because we wanted the effect to be subtle.” But she adds: “It was nice knowing it comes in an array of colors.”
“Plexineon was the first product I thought of because it had all the attributes we were looking for. … It’s just such a versatile product.” – C. Lindsey Perkins, Senior Designer Lighting Design Alliance
Further, Plexineon “was surprisingly affordable” and installation was smooth. “I was anticipating a lot of questions, but there were none,” she says.
The Plexineon Advantage
In the end, the glow of Plexineon enhances the arrival experience at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare Airport hotel.
And after her first voyage with Plexineon, Perkins already has specified the fixture for another project — a hotel exterior in San Francisco.
“It’s just such a versatile product,” she says. “I’m using white again — the color temperature is just right when you want a warm, hospitable feel.”
Hospitality & Leisure
Lighting Design Alliance
Plexineon White 2X Series
516 LF (157 m)
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