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Top of The Charts: Gensler's Alexander Hotel

Anthem, Paul Villinski’s wall-mounted installation of birds made from vinyl records, enlivens the Gensler-designed Alexander hotel in Indianapolis. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Marble unifies the ground-level entry and the upstairs lobby. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Marble unifies the ground-level entry and the upstairs lobby. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Street Artist Nick Walker spray-painted portions of the garage. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Pardo also designed the bar’s cement floor tile. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

The entry’s mirror-polished stainless-steel 39 Point 76181 Degrees North 86 Point 154688 Degrees West is by Mark Fox. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Adam Cvijanovic painted 10,000 Feet, the conference center’s muralon polyethylene. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Pendant fixtures handmade by MacArthur Foundation fellow Jorge Pardoare part of his design for the bar, Plat99. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

To produce tonal shifts in the lobby’s Madam C.J. Walker II, a portrait of a beauty entrepreneur from the early 20th century, Sonya Clark selectively removed teeth from plastic combs. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

OZ Architecture and View tech partnered on the 441-car garage. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Outside the bar, decking is ipe. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Guests look into the entry to view Alyson Shotz’s standing Wave in dichroic acrylic strips. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Walker transformed the entry to a sky bridge connecting the hotel to extended-stay apartments. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Vinyl wall covering in the men’s room backs Alien Landscape, C-prints by Brian McCutcheon. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

A penthouse for private events caps the seven-story hotel, built by Gensler’s Chicago office. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

One of the 157 guest rooms faces Eli Lilly and Company’s headquarters. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

Walker’s Vandal references its own medium. Photography by Andrew Bordwin.

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