Located between industry and midwestern paradise, you will find Washington Landing, an inlet lake along the Lake Michigan shore in Michigan City Indiana. The new multi-family housing complex and hotel tower will enhance Michigan City’s tourism and lake shore inhabitant’s quality of life. Washington Landing embraces the industrial history of the city through the buildings’ shape and materiality of weathered steel paneling. The condominium building and hotel tower masses are sculpted by connective pathways that lead from downtown to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The complex is then opened with low horizontal ribbon windows that reveal beautiful vistas of Lake Michigan and dunes up the shore. The weathered steel material, beyond aesthetics, provides a functional shell of the buildings and a new identity generated from the legacy of Northwest Indiana’s pride in the region’s industry. This concept of embracing history through materials is carried throughout the site to become fencing, canopy, and wayfinding to connect Michigan City to the lake front and downtown.