Originally Posted by Apex
Who's going to pay for office space right in the shadow of that godawful hotel? I'm all for modernization of the building, but there has to be a better way...
Who is going to pay for a hotel room directly facing the Willis Tower offices?
The hotel is sited on the western edge to try to minimize this. The new proposal itself is somewhat similar to the original integrated hotel design for the Sears Tower.
You can see in that particular drawing however that the hotel was shown on the Adams side, not Jackson, so it's probably one of many original studies. Bruce Graham has stated that the hotel was slated to built on the south side, which is why the tower ended up on the north side of the property. SOM would likely have situated the tower differently had the hotel portion not been cancelled after construction had already started.