KOO, Rockwell Group combine for science-themed Hotel EMC2

Hotel EMC2 opened as the newest member of the Marriott portfolio under the Autograph Collection.

In Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, Hotel EMC2 opened as the newest member of the Marriott portfolio under the Autograph Collection. The 21-story, 195-guestroom property is owned and operated by SMASHotels, and was designed by KOO (architecture) and Rockwell Group (interior design).

The hotel is said to celebrate "the convergence of art and science" and has various tributes to the known scientists and inventors, including a quote from Leonardo da Vinci displayed at the building's entry, and a 120-seat restaurant called the Albert (for Einstein).

The accommodations have in-room gramophone-type devices that can play music from any mobile device.

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The property also has almost 2,000 square feet of meeting space. Honoring mathematician Emmy Noether, as well as the principle of symmetry that underlies the themes of art and science, the two multi-functional meeting and event spaces have blackboard-style artwork installations and the art of Dr. Eugenia Cheng, a British mathematician, musician, author, artist and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.