Ho-Chunk Casino, Hotel and Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The architecture and theme makes the Ho-Chunk Casino project a one-of-a-kind facility. Arriving at the Casino, one is immediately impressed with the unique natural theme of the building. The dynamic main entrance has a spectacular
waterfall, and the Porte Cochere is supported by rock structures similar to those that made the Wisconsin Dells famous. The exterior uses natural materials integrating many of the colors and patterns of the Ho-Chunk heritage into the architecture. Upon entering the Building, one is in a 45’ high interior Atrium. The great space serves as the architectural focal point and the circulation hub of the entire complex and leads to the convention center, the hotel, and the casino. It contains the most spectacular and natural features of the Wisconsin Dells,
including rock formations, waterfalls, pine trees and wildlife.A themed sky painted ceiling is domed above a massive three-story rock sculpture that cradles the escalators. Waterfalls, ponds, artificial trees, a black bear, and a soaring bald eagle
reflect tribal heritage, as does a 100-foot wildlife mural on the atrium’s 2nd floor. The 315-room resort hotel also highlights tribal themes. Extensive use of native
stones both inside and outside recalls the natural character in the area. Several luxurious honeymoon suites come complete with fireplaces, whirlpool, bar, and big-screen TV. The corridor wallpaper is embossed with the Tribal seal, and traditional tribal canoes are suspended over the hotel registration desk, serving as translucent light fixtures.Two retail pedestrian ‘streets’ feature natural rock columns and a blacked out ceiling with over 17,000 twinkling fiber optic ‘stars’.
Included along the “street” is an 8,000 square foot creative childcare facility.

Size: 250,000 Square Feet
Cost: $84 Million
Completion: 2000
Client: Ho-Chunk Nation
Responsibilities: Master Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Concept Development, Exterior Theme Design, Interior Design, Interior Theme Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration