The Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, formerly named the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, opened in 2002 in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. As a professional architectural photographer in Chicago with an array of quality, pro lenses purchased specifically for photographing architecture, Miller + Miller Photography team was looking forward to the challenge of photographing the Sofitel and its unique architecture. As a Chicago Hotel Photographer team, photographing the modern Chicago hotel building was yes a challenge, but has been known to be somewhat difficult for the novice photographer, due to not only the skyscraper’s height but proximity to its neighboring, soaring Chicago buildings adjacent.
The Sofitel Hotel’s exterior building shape is a triangular prism sitting on a square piece of land, with acute angles cutting into the air like the prow of a majestic ship. Located in the historic district of Chicago crowded with perpendicular skyscrapers, the challenge was to photograph this modern luxury hotel from the street level, in a way that captures the building both flattering to the eye and imagination. All accomplished with our 10+ years of experience, strategy, and architectural specialty, professional photography lenses. For one of the images, we were able to include in one photograph both the Sofitel and the Waldorf Astoria hotel skyscrapers together, in one photographed shot. A somewhat tricky shot to compose with the two hotel’s locations blocks away from one another.
The impressive Sofitel was architecturally designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. Photos of the southern façade of the hotel building projects into the sky with a unique knifelike edge extending 33 feet over the East Chestnut Street sidewalk. The iconic building design has been honored within a list of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. The unique hotel design is a 32-floor prism of glass featuring stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. A modern, Chicago luxury hotel skyscraper building, the Sofitel’s Gold Coast neighborhood boasts several hospitality establishments and luxury hotels. The hotel’s downtown area is steps from dynamic shopping, restaurants, nightlife and museums. A popular area of Chicago for travelers & tourists to stay downtown, the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel’s prime location is minutes away from the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and more iconic parts of our famous Windy City.
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Chicago is the city where skyscrapers were invented. Since 2008, Miller + Miller Architecturally Photography has received the luxury of being hired by clients commissioning photo projects and photographing many of the finest architecturally built, skyscrapers and high-rise buildings in Chicago – from hotels to high-rises throughout the Chicago area & nationally around the US.