Randhurst Village is a mixed-use, high-density, redevelopment project located in the suburbs of the Chicago area. The project consists of the partial demolition and redevelopment of a neglected suburban mall from the 1950s, into a mixed-use, outdoor, entertainment complex which includes residential, hospitality, office, retail, restaurants, cinemas, and public components. The entire development hopes to achieve LEED Silver certification upon completion.
Lynchpin to the entire development, the hotel component of the project presents the entry face to the center and the most densely programmed component of the project. Since the inception of the design process, Tulou Studio’s principal worked closely with developer clients, hotel operators, and brand-name representatives to ensure the successful blending of contemporary aesthetics, sustainable goals, and established hotel design principles.
The resulting design incorporates several design strategies that not only respond to the programmatic and brand requirements, but exceeds them in several regards, particularly in sustainable performance and aesthetic quality. The project takes advantage of the existing mall’s basement service areas to provide full parking capacity for the hotel component underground, freeing up space on the surface for public landscaped areas and maintaining an urban continuity between the hotel and adjacent shops. Special care was taken to produce an efficient plan that hotel operators were not only comfortable with, but that reduced maintenance, and allowed for the most efficient use and distribution of energy systems. The project also makes heavy use of regionally manufactured and recycled materials, which help to create a contemporary and sustainable spin on Chicago’s traditional brick and steel architectural language.
*Individual Experience of Tulou Studio President.