New hotel will be city's tallest

May 15, 2007
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Downtown's new convention headquarters hotel got a sleek new look this afternoon. The $325-million campus of hotels will include the tallest hotel in JW MarriottIndianapolis, a 29-story JW Marriott topped with more than 24 luxury condos. As a whole, the complex will contain a total of 1,568 rooms, including a 250-room Courtyard by Marriott, 168-room Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 150-room SpringHill Suites. It also includes more than 1,000 underground parking spaces. City officials and developers unveiled the new plans this afternoon, along with a higher price than initially expected. Construction is slated to begin in the fall. The project, at the southwest corner of West and Washington streets, is being built by Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. and Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services. Check out the renderings here.
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  • Hmmmm....did they just steal the HI design?! Looks good so far, but we need more renderings.
  • It looks like a Wii.
  • Hey Corr, it does come all the way up to West Street it looks like,so that is excellent news! Not a bad design in my opinion, needs somemorecolor as far as I can tell.
  • Where in the world are all these hotel guests going to park? Picture this, It's a Friday night, events going on at the convention center, a game at Victory Field, a special showing at Eiteljorg, a concert at White River and downtown workers leaving for the day....we're picturing a traffic nightmare!
  • two of us were thinking -- I believe there's going to be a MASSIVE parking garage under the whole development. I can't seem to find the number right now, but it remember thinking it was quite large.
  • Whoops, it was right under my nose in Cory's post: 1000 spaces.
  • Am I the only one that thinks the long facades of the JW Hotel look like an American flag? Maybe it lights up at night in red, white, and blue.
  • I'm afraid I'm disappointed. It was supposed to be taller and architectually significant. And not just because it is so big. And I know that the White River State Park ice rink was supposed to have a view of downtown. Now it will have a view of a big bland 9from what I can tell) box. I was hoping for something with better massing, a bit more soaring, more of an iconic entry into downtown from the west. The possibilities for greatness with this project have been lost. The good news is that it will connect downtown to the park, but any design here would have done that. This could have been much better.
  • hmmmm.....looks like the Intercontinental should be sending JW Marriott/REI a bill for the design work......
  • Copycat -- looking at the credits at the bottom of the renderings, it appears the redesign was at least partially done by HOK, the same firm that designed the HI (and The Luke). That should explain the similarities.
  • CorrND - Both Lucas Oil and the Hotel Intercontinental were designed by HKS (Harwood K. Smith) Architects, based in Dallas. HOK (Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum) is based in St. Louis, though this could have been designed by any of their many offices.
  • Wow, not my day -- first this sorry design and then I try to pass off misinfo! Sorry about that. I guess that explains why this isn't 1/10th as impressive as the LOS or the Hotel Intercontinental designs.
  • Love the sleek look but it's a shame that site is primed for a massive development. I appreciate the city's desire to develop attractions and private enterprise to generate traffic and tax revenue in the central business district, but downtown Indianapolis is sorely lacking wide open green space in all directions - and especially at the gateway to White River State Park. The city and state should have strived to create more green space in and around the park, but have chosen asphalt, concrete, brick and mortar over grass and trees.
  • what a joke. i think i've officially lost interest in downtown and faith in this city. i truly can't believe my eyes. a slap in the face. jeremy stephenson should be ashamed to be speaking on behalf of this computer disk/grid/box piece of crap. city leaders can't DEMAND more? if this is all we get for our marquis convention hotel then i have zero faith in any architectural additions to the city in the future. at least carmel is exciting with their urbanization efforts. throwback buildings are safe and boring, but a least there's an attempt at some character. i'll be spending more time in the burbs...
  • not horrid.
  • hmmm...since the chicago office of hok was one of the architects, do you think it was a conspiricy on their part to make our up-and-coming city look like crap? like we don't try for excellence? like we settle for test-market architecture? this building looks like 70's urban redevelopment and is myopic at best. have any of the leaders on this project ever traveled outside of indiana to see real high-rise towers? my fault, they have probably spent time in hotels built in soviet-era russia and bulgaria. i still can't believe how short-changed we will be when this is built. i've never once complained about government tax-breaks for economic development, but this one is making me come up for air. i'm mad that even one penny of mine will help build this joke of a tower. well, i guess it will match the giant concrete box that is the landscape of iupui across the street. mediocrity begets mediocrity...
  • I'm glad I had my puke bag next to my computer today! Do our moronic city leaders not see what is going up in Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, St Lous, Louisville, Denver, etc??????? Do they not understand the utter crap they are approving? I'm close to being done with this city.
  • What did Indianapolis do to deserve all this bad architecture?
  • I too have lost faith in the architects of this city. What was supposed to be a transformation of the previous design, has now become a taller atrocity. Our city leaders aren't really looking at the big picture. Can any of us imagine what this complex of building will look like in between the Eiteljorg/ State Museum to the north and Victory Field to the south, both architecturally more interesting than this hotel. The JW Marriott is going to look like a tall weed that has sprouted up along downtown Indy's westside. Tisk tisk tisk...
  • Pretty terrible looking.
  • While I agree that this building is less than inspiring, I don't agree that ALL new projects in Indy are crap. Take for instance the new airport. It has a standout design that is quite impressive for any city, let alone a midwestern city. We have missed the mark on a majority of the recent downtown projects, but let's not consider Indy as a complete architectural lost-cause.
  • Cory, Who can we all email to let them know of our dissatisfaction in the updated design. Who ultimately approves this and passes it on. I understand that they need to get it finalized and start building, but BLAH!. We need something cool and attractive like the Disney Concert PAvilion in LA!

    http://www.musiccenter.org/wdch/g_const_11.html#

    Talk about cool and exciting! And steel that looks attractive.
  • I'm afraid that it's going to be just like the City-County building. You'll know it's there, but you won't bother to look at it. And what about that mid-rise to the west? From the picture, it looks like a 40-year old Holiday Inn that has been renovated.
  • Where is the art in the architecture of the new hotel? Where is the vision? Go to www.lakeshoreeast.com and see what's happening in Chicago, especially the Aqua building. Cutting edge, distinctive, memorable and defining. None of that applies to the Airport, the football stadium, the Market Square options, the Conrad.... I am so disappointed at the continued timidity in design. Green roofs and colored lights on the tops of buildings? Ugh. Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and other land-locked cities have nothing to fear from Indianapolis.
  • Where's the Art, i agree, Indy doesn't have anything even remotely close to cutting edge architecture. Cities like Louisville, for Gods sake, are building world class 60 story skyscrapers by internationally renowned architects. In the meantime, Indy is content with mediocre suburban architecture designed by people who wouldn't be allowed to design a dog house in Chicago.
  • The downtown skyline would be better without this building. Maybe they should build the whole thing underground, not just the parking. I also don't understand who decided that every building along Maryland street has to be oriented the same way. And why do we need all these sprawling rectangular 'towers' anyway? I think it just represents Indy's consistent inability to exercise sufficient planning or foresight. We have to live with that building for the rest of our lives..why not throw in a little extra money for a decent architect?
  • ianeck -- that's an interesting point about throwing in a little extra money for design. What does a design from a world-class architect cost? I honestly don't have a clue. But when the city's already bumping the bond sale from $48.5M to $66M, what's a little more for a world-class design? Call it an advertising cost for selling the public on the project.
  • This is so disappointing. This building should be cut in half and stacked on its self. This would give us a nearly 700' tower, with the same number of rooms, and some green space on the site. Instead, we have a Vegas-style monstrosity that engulfs an entire city block. Yeah, this project will be beneficial, but I can not for the life of me figure out why the leaders of this City take anything (and I do mean anything) that is prposed for downtown. This isn't 1970. We aren't pleading for developers to put projects downtown, Developers WANT to be downtown. Why can't we hold them to a higher standard. Why are no-name cities like Lousiville having world-renowned designs for their new hotels while we get an elongated box??
  • i'm mad all over again...is it too late to re-review the design? i'm by no means an architect, but honestly, i am creative/artistic enough that i could design something with more urban appeal and longevity in aesthetics...

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