The Chicago office of an international law practice provides a high performance, functional workplace and platform for dynamic global collaboration, community outreach and client engagement. The design mirrors the dynamic tension between the client's orthogonal program and the building's radial geometry. Arriving, an external arch draws the eye towards an open mise-en-scène defined by an arc of white terrazzo and "lacquer" fabric ceilings. This multi-function/high-flex volume is mirrored by an exterior cantilevered balcony with sweeping city views. Premium height acoustic wood ceilings flow throughout adjacent to luminous channel glass core walls, identifying the 9th floor space on the city skyline from within. Glass cavity assemblies, high-gloss walls and doors with faux-leather panels are carefully detailed to render a timeless, modern serenity. Color palettes inspired from the colors of earth from space (blue, green, tan and white) combined with international style furnishings lend a universal sense of place. Compositions of curved and planar forms inspire the local practice lobbies with blue-glass planes set opposite curving satellite city images from various continents; balancing informal, river-facing lounges against formal, city-facing conference rooms bonded together terrazzo and wood ceilings. Universally-sized offices with sit-stand modular furniture feature polished chrome, double-glazed facades following the building's elliptical profile, framing open worksites allowing light into interior spaces. A functional and agile design connects/enables a rigorous professional community in an intelligent and inspiring environment of simple, honest materials expertly-crafted representing - through form and light- the practice core's character and futurized vision.
The firm designed the interior residential spaces for 505, a 45-story residential tower located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Upon entering the building, residents transition from the vibrancy and activity of downtown into a calm, serene oasis. This sense of respite emanates from Asian-infused design elements throughout the lobby, including an interior bamboo garden. The design for the community spaces throughout the building is influenced by 505’s location in “Music City;” subtle musical references include curved wood ceilings imitating a guitar, staggered linear lighting echoing piano keys, and geometric pendant lights hung in a rhythmic manner to suggest the notion of music notes. 505 is composed of 193 condominium units and 350 apartment units; as such, there was a desire to create a unified community throughout most of the public spaces. Unlike mixed-use projects that separate amenity spaces between home types, 505’s main amenities are shared and interconnected, with select condominium amenities differentiated by access. The seventh floor hosts a large, double-height community lounge with access to the pool deck and dog run. With floor-to-ceiling glass, the space is flooded with natural light and connects to the surrounding urban context. A large, commissioned graphic mural by a local artist further activates the space. The fitness center takes its design cues from a traditional urban loft with exposed brick and wood-inspired flooring. Bespoke amenities offered to condominium owners include a wine tasting room with individual wine storage, a personal training studio, and a party room that is supported by a large catering kitchen.
Sterling Bay chose the top floor of their development at 1330 West Fulton Market to be their new home. This move provided the opportunity to reimagine a space to tell their ever-evolving brand story, address new functional needs, and create a workplace that supports their dynamic culture. Fulton West, the branded name of the building they occupy, located on the western edge of Fulton Market, allowed them a prime view of the expansion of the neighborhood from their full top floor space. Client conference rooms and a multi-functional viewing platform are located at the eastern curtain wall to provide a full view of their developments, the vibrant neighborhood, and the Chicago skyline. This live view allows them to bring clients to this space for meetings, walking tours, and social events to tell the history of their projects. Access to the historical Fulton Market buildings they have repurposed for companies such as Google, GoGo, and McDonalds gave them access to many historical artifacts that are embedded throughout the new workplace to tell their story. The workplace is open flexible planning that can be reconfigured as their business evolves. Adjacent to the open plan are a variety of meeting spaces to support their highly collaborative day to day activities. To further support their strong culture, a full service café, with a variety of seating configurations allows staff a space to recharge, connect, or meet in a town hall setting.
As ACHE closed their real-estate search and selected the 300 S Riverside building, the design team took that opportunity to express the river and bridges that formed the strong curves that are inherently symbolic with the 300 Riverside building. Combining the angles of the client’s logo and taking graphic liberties with the curves of the building the team created a play the fractal geometry to create a dynamic elevator lobby and entry. The energy of the slanted wood portals and hidden cove lights directs people towards the reception area. As an Association, the planning original methodology for the space was to maintain private offices around the perimeter with workstations on the interior. Through the exploration of the staff, the studying of the building and the pursuit of quietly encouraging the client to continue to push themselves, the perimeter of the building was opened up to create a sequence of push-and-pull with the private offices and workstations. Natural light penetrates all parts of the office and flows into even the deepest part of the center core due to the rhythmic perimeter planning concept. The central curved core pathway holds the library for the Association. While this space needs to respect the tradition and history (a space to hold books, periodicals and the like); the client was cognizant that the requirement for paper copies of their books could go away. With this is mind, the library was designed so that it could stand alone as a decorative wall feature or be used as an area for display. While the office was being planned & designed, the client was going through an internal re-branding. This rebranding was folding into the final concepts of the space.
Husch Blackwell, a well-known litigation and business law firm, was looking to create a new work environment that would allow for transparency, natural collaboration, learning opportunities and a choice of work settings to suit all styles. They opted for a radical new direction, choosing a layout that includes a variety of collaborative meeting areas, breakout rooms and private heads-down space, giving staff the flexibility to work where and how they want, in an open and accessible atmosphere. Private offices were reduced in quantity and size, given full glass fronts, and half were moved off the perimeter to allow natural light to permeate the space. Acoustic privacy was given special attention, with solutions implemented to protect the natural confidentiality of the firm’s work. The result is a workspace that is truly on the forefront of legal workplace design. Within the first few months post-move-in, Husch Blackwell has seen an increase in interaction and information sharing across the teams. Associates have commented that they feel the partners are much more accessible and the anxiety of “knocking on someone’s door” has been removed thanks to the open and transparent space.
The new Center for Health and Well-Being at the University of South Carolina is the result of a holistic approach to patient care that supports students’ academic success. The Center establishes a much-needed hub for health and wellness on campus, incorporating advanced design features that support the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Clinics in general medicine, women’s care, sports medicine/orthopedics, and allergy, immunization, and travel are included in the new building, along with ancillary support spaces such as radiography and consulting offices for nutrition, counseling, wellness, and psychiatric services. Through this project, the design and client teams lay the foundation for lifelong wellness on campus, while supporting students academically, physically, and mentally in a facility that is a welcoming destination. The project is closely integrated into the community and core campus at USC. Special attention was paid to making the facility accessible to foot traffic following current high traffic walkways and access to key corridors on campus. The integrated biophilia design concept creates intentional moments both at the exterior and interior of the building to rest and experience nature – a key component of the wellness initiative on campus. Visitors to the building are encouraged to linger, meet with colleagues, take a class in the learning lab kitchen, or take a coffee or study break. The inviting architecture and interior design of the space reinforces the welcoming intent of the Center. Elements of nature are included throughout the design as visual cues to support this ambiance. The overarching project goal for both the design and client teams was to create a space that supports “The Whole Student” in all facets of life through transparent and biophilic design concepts. Creating a destination on campus that welcomes students, staff, and the community not only when sick or in need of care, but as a destination to gather, learn, and create lasting relationships.
Taureaux Tavern is a contemporary French restaurant located near the Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange in the heart of Chicago’s Financial District. Introducing a breath of fresh air into the neighborhood’s limited restaurant scene, that targets daytime trader and sales clientele seeking to entertain clients in an elevated environment. Established in 1848, the Chicago Board of Trade is one of the world’s oldest futures and options exchanges. Pulling cues from this historic landmark and old-world banks, the interior design of the restaurant oozes traditional opulence in way that feels unpretentious and approachable. Upon entry, a custom 10ft-high tiered copper and glass chandelier hangs overhead, mimicking Art Deco inspired architectural curves throughout the space. A copper coated faceted bull sculpture also marks the restaurant’s entrance, paying homage to the name, which is French for “bull”. Antique lighting fixtures and plaster finishes create the illusion that the restaurant has been there for years, backed by authentic photography from the Board of Trade dating from the late 1940s. Custom green fluted metal cladding wrapping the columns and main bar, metal cut screens on the banquets and stair risers, and custom tile flooring add to the decorative nature of the space. Juxtaposing historically inspired finishes, neon signage glowing the “color of money” and hand painted details add just the right level of modern flare to the overall environment, appealing to younger guests seeking a celebratory bite after a morning win.
A new workplace environment for the Asset Management arm of Northern Trust was designed as a sophisticated and timeless client-facing space, that maximizes efficiency and improves access to information. The efficient layout consolidated the Asset Management team from a floor and a half down to one floor. The space is arranged into neighborhoods that foster staff connections Service hubs are central to each of the neighborhoods and provide easy access to project rooms, Bloomberg stations and printing. The space was planned with calculated collaboration in mind. The highly confidential nature of this team meant that all collaboration had to happen behind closed doors. The design team arranged a variety of teaming space around the core and enclosed them all in floor to ceiling glass walls to ensure privacy but also enable visibility. The space features unique spaces that solve for Asset Management’s functional needs like a Research Library, a room dedicated to rehearsing client pitches and a business lounge. Upon exiting the elevators, clients are greeted by a backlit etimoe wood portal leading to a grigio marble reception desk where a concierge greets them and leads them to their designated meeting room. The neutral and timeless palette throughout the space helps reinforce the Northern Trust brand of exceptional service, unparalleled expertise and enduring integrity.
The main concept of Infrarail is to "reveal what is hidden" and aims to bring awareness to the hidden factors of social stratification represented by train networks. The design solution draws inspiration from infrared light, a part of the EM spectrum that people encounter most in everyday life, although most of it goes unnoticed. It is invisible to the human eye but is felt as heat. Infrarail utilizes back-lit surfaces to manipulate the visibility of objects and people in the space.
As Wicker Park Connection opens a passage between two major arteries of the neighborhood, Division and Milwaukee, the design of the building makes a connection to the past through a modern lens. Over a century ago, Wicker Park was the northern most extent of Chicago and was one of eleven neighborhoods of the Labor Trail. It cultivated a working community and industrial ventures like steel mills, lumber yards, and greenhouses. Industry brought people, people built community. Today, young professionals seek a thriving social environment and proximity to downtown. Wicker Park Connection offers both, along with the authentic materiality of the industries that once inhabited the grounds. These materials combine with natural light to give a peaceful respite for residents at one of the most invigorated intersections of the city. Hot rolled steel and walnut combine at the reception desk and carry over to the custom chandelier which incorporates globe shades, a nod to the neighborhood’s storefront signage. The glass and wood slat wall envelopes the leasing office while sharing an abundance of sunlight. Also featured in the entrance, the steel and moss art installation is derived from the local street map and features the two major thoroughfares, now connected by Wicker Park Connection’s pedestrian walkway. Drawing upon the art of industry that sets the tone for the design concept, the millwork, plaster walls, and custom antiqued mirrors with steel frames were commissioned from artisans in the Midwest. While there are many new developments along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor, Wicker Park Connection leads with a sense of place that both honors the past and embraces the future. Its story is one of authenticity and connectivity as told through the 15-story, 146-unit architecture and design.
The Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks contacted us to concept, design and build a 10,000 square-foot retail space inside the United Center. The greatest challenge and number one goal was to create a year-round destination for Chicago's developing West Side that would entice fans again and again, even on non-game days. To achieve this, we ideated a retail experience that was jam-packed with nostalgia, a local authenticity, and technologically infused engagements that would connect emotionally with core and prospective fans. A range of guest experiences are integrated throughout all retail zones, designed to attract and engage while keeping in mind shopper flow during high-traffic times. High-impact art installations of team logos and disruptive photo ops provided opportunities for guests to stay and explore. Because the store was multi-functional, we designed a transitional environment that could easily be converted to accommodate varying team and event schedules. Proprietary merchandising solutions created the flexibility to adjust content and merchandise without disrupting the flow of operations. Store employee productivity of swapping team specific gear from the nonactive team to the active team, was improved upon by over 70%. With the goal to provide immersive encounters that felt truly authentic, we unobtrusively integrated technology to create digitally enhanced storytelling that did not seem tacked-on or secondary, but a central part of the design. In the end, the Madhouse team store delivered on creating a memorable experience for guests while providing the flexibility of content and merchandising solutions necessary for seamless store operations.
Located in the heart of River North, Gold Coast Plastic Surgery wanted to create a classically elegant, yet state-of-the-art facility for their patients. Located in a century-old brick & timber loft, the new 4,000-square-foot space celebrates the history of the building and infuses a calming aesthetic to a medical setting. The finished palette includes warm tones of wood, terra cotta and exposed brick.
The primary living spaces integrate mechanical, lighting and structural elements in a seamless fashion to create a flexible open entertaining space. Space for a growing art collection is set against classic oak paneling, travertine and oak flooring and white lacquer finishes. The result is an understated yet inviting home.
-The traffic flow was considered by dividing the restaurant into three main spaces. This is functional for circulation and also makes the design stronger through linear repetition. -ADA guidelines were followed by providing 4’< main circulation, 5%< accessible seating and ADA compliant bathrooms. -A variety of seating was provided to accommodate flexibility for parties of different sizes and preferences. -Two service/POS stations are located on either end of the restaurant as well as behind the bar to increase efficiency of servers and staff. -The central lounge includes spaces designated to sit or stand with a drink or appetizer while waiting for a table.
Showcasing thoughtfully executed cuisine that is neither pretentious nor precious, Walton Street Kitchen + Bar is an upscale neighborhood gem serving timeless classics in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Featuring two unique spaces – a welcoming and open upper level restaurant and an intimate and cozy library cocktail lounge – Walton Street boasts a transitional design that blends modern and traditional elements allowing guests to feel at home away from home. Our greatest challenge was drawing attention from the street, with a tricky location on the second floor of a new luxury residential building on State and Walton Street. Additionally, with a placement in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Chicago, it was important to consider the taste levels of the building residents and Gold Coast clientele when designing the space and menu. Our strategy for design was to create an upscale yet approachable restaurant and lounge that locals could call their own, leveraging transitional design blending modern and traditional elements with a polished feel. Outside on State Street, a classic WST monogram blade and marquee canopy marks the restaurant’s location. Walking through a refurbished antique revolving door off State Street, guests are greeted by a host in the downstairs lobby, where a marble treaded staircase adorned with a custom patterned metal balustrade sets the tone for a magnificent tiered dome chandelier overhead. To the right, heavy velvet drapes mark the entrance to the Walton Street Lounge, an intimate, library cocktail bar serving crafted cocktails and aged spirits. The space offers a feeling of warm nostalgia, as if you just stepped into the private library of someone’s home. Here, greeted by a gentle fire glow, the space features warm amber lighting and charming decor. Vintage rugs and reclaimed herringbone wood flooring sets the stage for expansive bookcases and a thoughtful selection of literature and artifacts. The design is stylish yet familiar, and one could easily whilst away most of the day and night taking advantage of the books lining the walls, cocktail in hand. Upstairs, the restaurant and bar feels uniquely bold, featuring large windows overlooking bustling State Street and stylish yet familiar décor. The twenty-eight-seat bar is the room’s focal point, complete with overhead metal shelving creating a frame overhead. The dining room is lively, anchored by a large centralized banquette island with oversized clamshell booths and custom dome-shaped lighting fixtures. Windows along the perimeter emit a warm glow, featuring swaged pendant lighting clusters span the perimeter of the space, visible from the street below. For private events, guests can reserve the private dining room, which embraces the same refined yet inviting design aesthetic as the rest of the restaurant in addition to views of the bustling kitchen via one-way windows. In the end, it retains the kind of place that we, as neighbors, would want to go.
1/Productive circulation for both clients and employees - Focused on making a clear view from each section will arrow for a customer service timely. -Zoning will help lead a customer to the right section. 2/ Quality of material and safety -Matte finished porcelain tile has a feature of easy maintenance and long life cycle. Also, slip resistance which is essential for users. -Bamboo wall cladding is not only helping for creating Japanese environment but also environmental friendly material. 3/ Maximizing the seat possibility -Since seating number is one of the most important considering points to run a restaurant business, layout focused on the flexibility and having a lot of seats with enough circulation. -Zoning will help to allow for a large number party without disturbing other customers.
Designing this boutique fitness club was quite the creative endeavor. Open 24 hours, with a glitzy motif and colorful lighting, this contemporary fitness club is “more than a gym, it is a lifestyle,” blending fitness and fun with state-of-the-art equipment in a nightclub atmosphere. The client’s goal was a complete gut and renovation to open a new, state-of-the-art gym in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago with a nightclub vibe: glitzy, sexy, ornate, rich, and full of colorful light. Our lead designer used a gold and black motif with pops of color in lighting details. The designer wrapped structural columns in black glass with an inset of LED lighting giving this space the “wow factor” the client sought after; using a lighting control system, the client can change the color and intensity of the light details depending on the desired attitude and atmosphere. The designer also incorporated custom wallpaper made with the client’s company logo that appears in several moments throughout the space. These unique touches are evident from the main floor with equipment, to the bathrooms, to the meeting spaces, to the DJ booth. The main challenge was how to include everything that the client wanted into the space without crowding it. Mid-construction, the designer was able to add a lofted second level among the 14-foot ceilings, where the treadmills would be housed to allow enough room for each piece of equipment. The second challenge was how to get the retail space within the gym to look as sexy as the rest of the space; the designer accomplished this by using glass around the retail area, creating definition while maintaining an open feeling within the gym.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization in Chicago that educates disadvantaged parents on the importance of early childhood education. They were looking to transition to an open layout to encourage easy collaboration and to fit within a strict non-profit budget. The design team achieved effective use of the organization’s modest resources by utilizing existing construction and creating a flexible floor plan to nimbly accommodate future growth. Eliminating private office space also helped the organization increase the transparency and effectiveness of its important work. The design incorporates a clean aesthetic with vibrant accent colors and inspirational environmental graphics that reinforce the organization’s mission and values.
Skender Construction’s new headquarters reflects their continued growth, maturity, and expression of their business and social culture. The resulting office space is of its context in the industrial-charged neighborhood of the West Loop, positioned within a repurposed parking garage. Upon entry, a steel framed ceiling/lighting element draws you into the large flexible central café hub space that supports multiple daily functions. Adjacent to the café hub are 3 large flexible phase rooms, unfolding to create a large internal meeting and social space. The open plan includes sit-stand desks lining the perimeter allowing all-day access to natural light. The open plan also provides a variety of meeting spaces to support choice of how and where to work. Throughout the space, the brand message integrates within the architecture. From the face wall (expressing the vibrant culture of their office) to the lean coffee wall (that allows their employees to express their creative freedom) the message is always about their people. The Skender persona expounds through the materials holding up a mirror to the everyday, tangible resources construction teams come into contact with such as exposed ceilings/floors, gabion wall, and exposed column capitals representing the framework of construction projects.
The Keramikos showroom is meant to represent the history, versatility, and duality of ceramics. I believed it was important to reflect on the material’s history, because it emphasizes ceramic’s durability as well as its importance throughout time. Ancient Greek elements and architectural features are seen throughout the showroom to evoke its antiquity. In order to show the versatility of the material, it was applied to many different surfaces, objects and shapes such as curvilinear walls, bathtubs, flooring, and sculptures throughout the space. Duality is another term that can be used to describe ceramic, because it is long lasting and durable but is considered fragile at the same time. It is a material that is created from fire and heat yet it is a cold surface. It is its own material yet it can be made to look like other materials like marble and wood. Keramikos is meant to educate its visitors about how often ceramic is seen in our daily lives, why it is a great material to use, and why it continues to play a large part in today’s design and architectural world.
A major goal of the client was for the administration suite to be more accessible to students, so the design focuses on transparency both inside and outside the space. Traditional hallways have been transformed into a hub, where students convene regularly. Physical barriers such as the wall between the “main street” hallway and the high school wing have been removed to promote connection, improve flow, and add energy to the space. The administration area is designed to be open and available to students, while counseling offices are separated off of the main gathering spaces to maintain the desired privacy. Bleachers, a technology display area, a coffee bar, and lounge all create a sense of community for students and staff. A variety of spaces exist from open to closed, flexible to rigid, in order to support many different learning styles, social needs, and academic work.
Balyasny Asset Management (BAM), an international investment firm, recently built new offices in San Francisco and New York and was seeking to establish themselves in Chicago’s 444 W Lake building. Having experienced great success with their new offices in top tier cities, BAM worked with the same designers to expand on those ideas in order to promote better connectivity between groups and personnel that had been traditionally separated by walls and private offices. The main floor is now configured by two arching corridors that run north/south. These are designed to relate to the curved geometry of the building and also to facilitate circulation between office, conference, and amenity spaces. The east corridor is lined with dramatic views of the Chicago skyline and serves to connect the reception and conference rooms. Inner workspaces are linked with the lounge by the west corridor, in order to encourage employees to work and meet in both formal and casual settings. Office circulation routes incorporate lighting designed to accent the curved wood paneling and highlight the client’s art collection displayed throughout the office. At the south end is a large café designed to accommodate BAM’s social culture. Comfortable seating is open for casual interactions, while a line of acoustically treated booths facilitate areas for small meetings and more private conversations over lunch. Diamond and triangular forms are used throughout to create large-scale custom light installations, which both tie to BAM’s logo while also neatly respond to the building’s elliptical geometry. These shapes were also employed in the 49th floor Juice Bar, which is located adjacent to the feature stair. Here, a simple steel stringer with a glass guardrail connects the lower lounge to the 50th-floor reception, revealing a two-story exterior view of the Chicago River. BAM’s library, lounge and café spaces are all outfitted with understated modern furniture that complements the design of the space. For Balyasny Asset Management, continual growth and success is linked to their workforce. Each of their offices balances comfort and performance, aiming at boosting productivity by connecting different groups in a sleek yet accommodating environment.
Sikich, a professional services firm, is comprised of various departments that each maintain a distinct culture and client base. Our team was engaged to lead the relocation of their Chicago office, plan for growth, and combine two of Sikich’s main teams: public relations and investment banking. The goal was to create a cohesive design aesthetic while maintaining each group’s personality. Both teams were focused on creating an environment that is both professional and energetic, one that attracts and retains top talent. To solve for the varied cultures, the floor layout contains a centralized reception, conferencing area, and work café that serves as a hub for all departments. The expansive reception area features an undulating baffle ceiling that provides sound absorption, and a dynamic tribute to the movement of Lake Michigan. The eclectic break room features several seating types that allow teams a choice of arrangements—for collaborating, socializing, and everything in between. This space also provides a natural separation between the two departments, and a gathering place for the company as a whole. Each department has a character that is an outgrowth of their functions. The investment banking section of the plan is secured, and contains conference rooms equipped with technology that facilitates the group’s many presentations. Public relations, on the other hand, is equipped with displays that feature the product they market, and collaborative breakout areas geared towards flexibility and creativity. In total, we aligned the Sikich workspace with their multifaceted culture, and allowed both teams to work uninhibited.
We were challenged with designing an interior architecture that would attract the growing technology workforce in Chicago. Our design explores the balance between high-tech minimalism and natural whimsy through the integration of building branding and interior architecture. Branding components weave through the major common area spaces, entry lobby, elevator lobby, mail room, bike room, and the rooftop lounge in order to thoughtfully create continuity for the interior experience. Various branding representation methods were utilized, from perforated wood patterns to laser-engraved porcelain tiles, each with deliberate intention of creating subtle texture on a wall or a high contrast visual.
This Chicago basement was transformed into the ultimate man cave for a newly retired couple, one-time entrepreneurs. The mancave was created to be entirely different than the rest of the Nantucket style home. While the cigar room was the jumping point, every detail and design is thoughtful and deliberate. There is a huge bar showing off a large Bourbon collection, a pool table, four televisions, and lots of old Chicago photographs. The cigar room is complete with a built in humidor and air filtration system. The highly detailed paneling and millwork encompasses the space while an entirely glass wine room sits central in the space near the games table. Solving mechanical issues to create a smokeless cigar room was very complex. It presented technical challenges as well as creative ones. Wanting absolutely everything to be functional while also balanced and beautiful was a key intention. When looking at the space there were some clear design issues that needed to be overcome, specifically the man cave needed to feel like a completely different space than the rest of the home so dark millwork was added to set a moody yet luxurious tone. The attention to detail in the millwork is a piece of art itself. There was also an unused, awkward corner near the staircase that was converted into an enclosed wine storage unit and the smoking room needed to have its own air ventilation system in order to avoid smoke going through the rest of the house.
When Hinshaw & Culbertson relocated their headquarter office to a new, premier high-rise tower in Chicago, the firm wanted the design of their new office to achieve greater space efficiency, align with the firm’s culture, and incorporate flexible planning to accommodate future growth. The design of Hinshaw’s new 121,000-square-foot office space accomplishes these important objectives and reflects the duality of their identity as a law practice: an established firm with a contemporary sensibility. The design firm introduced a universal-sized office approach, allowing for maximum flexibility and the ability to have associates placed in offices adjacent to partners with whom they interact with the most. Additionally, this type of standardization eliminated the perceived hierarchy that office size designates, creating a more egalitarian environment. This breaking down of traditional barriers adds to a sense of accessibility that associates often seek in a firm. To further maximize space efficiencies, the designers situated a large portion of private office space on the floor’s perimeter, reducing the square footage per employee by 45 percent. This plan also provides the space with an abundance of natural light and access to premium views of the surrounding city. To allow for a dynamic and collaborative work setting, Hinshaw’s new workplace includes a variety of conference rooms and informal meeting areas to encourage idea sharing and interaction. The design also allows flexibility to accommodate the firm’s future growth. For example, internal case rooms can easily converted to associate offices, if needed. The look and feel of the shared spaces are timeless and tailored; their overall sophistication punctuated throughout with edgier elements and unexpected moments to call attention the rich artistry that the city has to offer. Works by local artists and photographers abound and visitors will find a unique surprise in the stairwell connecting Hinshaw’s four floors, a nod to the urban fabric that makes Chicago unique. A curated palette of materials including calacatta borghini marble, warm woods, and steel paired with contemporary furnishings evoke a sense of urban hospitality throughout the client-facing spaces.
One of the main design challenges I faced was combining the organic, fluid nature of the Great Lakes with the rectilinear structure of the existing 1961 building, Miegs Field Airport. To merge these two elements, I looked the driftlines, the undulating lines found parallel the shore of Lake Michigan. Driftlines are a physical marker of the connection between water and land — the line is formed from the sediment left behind when a wave crashes ashore. Driftlines illustrate the geographic components’ reciprocal relationship: what enters the lake appears on land. The GLCEC’s overlapping interior partitions and hatched patterns mimic driftlines; these intersections are evocative of the symbiotic relationship that the visiting guests have with Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes Watershed ecosystem. In place of flowing organic lines, the overlapping elements found throughout the GLCEC are geometric to pay homage to the building’s mid century architecture.
Our scope within the XS Tennis project was to design the entry reception area, the Pro Shop, staff offices, student classrooms, mezzanine lounge, locker rooms & restrooms, as well as the clubhouse at the outdoor courts. One of our favorite elements of this project was the opportunity to incorporate millwork & lighting donations salvaged from IIDA’s Headquarters in the Merchandise Mart. When IIDA HQ moved out & the demo of their existing space began, we jumped in to save as much material as possible. The millwork ended up being incorporated into the reception desk, and at the mezzanine level juice bar. The light fixtures also ended up in the mezzanine, adding a much needed decorative accent to the general lighting. With our emphasis on sustainability, we love the opportunity to save materials from the landfill, and give them a second life on a non-profit construction project in need! One of the first design challenges we faced on this project was how to integrate the two forms of educational mentoring taking place within XS Tennis Village - academics & sports. Kids who attend XS Tennis Village receive academic tutoring, as well as tennis lessons. Our approach was to create an integrated experience through site lines & various learning-style spaces. In the Academic Wing, we created flexible classrooms that can be divided for smaller or larger group learning. Private staff offices were designed to enhance a one-on-one tutoring experience. The mezzanine level lounge, which overlooks the indoor tennis courts, allows for a more relaxed & comfortable atmosphere that may be more conducive to learning for certain individuals. Allowing visual access to the tennis courts in both the group classrooms & from the mezzanine, links the physical training to the intellectual. Additionally, an elevated catwalk along the 12 indoor courts gives parents their own space to watch their child develop through the positive reinforcement of organized sport. Our second greatest challenge that came later on in the project related to FF&E. With our goal of securing as much donated material as possible, making finishes & colors correlate in a cohesive way can be a challenge. For instance, we were tracking most grey, green, and blue as our color scheme for materials & furniture. At the final hour, a large furniture donation introduced the color red. To ensure we didn’t miss out on using a large donation, we had to get creative for alternative ways to incorporate red. We had a light fixture donation with a red film on the drum. We were intending to peel off the film to create a more neutral-colored fixture. Instead, we utilized those fixtures as-is to pull in additional red in the space. We also introduced red accessories as a way to accent the new donation. The total cost savings to XS Tennis was $232,382 in donated design time and materials.
For more than two decades the top floor of Prudential Plaza sat vacant, full of natural light and incredible potential. The former observation deck was punctuated with what was once the “world’s tallest escalator,” and we relished the idea of transforming the space into an airy, lofted workplace. When a media company selected it for their national headquarters, we were excited to see the potential realized. Despite the obvious asset of incredible views, the terraced floor, which had worked well for an observation deck, was not well suited to other uses. We opted to completely remove and replace the floor slab and expose the raw concrete ceiling, moving air distribution beneath a new raised floor. The suite entrance is flanked by impactful quotes celebrating the American First Amendment right of freedom of the press, etched across a glass divider. The divider masks a ramp from the pantry and entry, while visually connecting the remaining two levels. A subdued, neutral palette and premium finishes contrast with areas of exposed concrete, and arresting views of the city and lake. A round halo of light crowns the executive boardroom and is visible from Millennium Park, adding a new twinkle to Prudential’s skyline presence. Photos by Kendall McCaugherty, Hall + Merrick Photographers
The 300, located at 300 South Wacker Drive is a 1970's, 35-story skyscraper located along the Chicago River with 360-degree views of downtown. The building's "awakening" - a complete rebranding and renovation differentiates itself from other properties in the South Wacker corridor and effectively attracts and retains tenants in a competitive submarket. The new vision for the building is defined by a boutique hospitality environment that welcomes and inspires tenants and visitors. The transformation began with the repositioning and renovation of the building's street entry by shifting the entry to the center of the building from the sides. Previously non-descript with multiple revolving doors, the entrance was re-designed with one main central revolving door highlighted by a new timeless exterior canopy with modern lighting and signage. For the repurposed building lobby, the client desired a dynamic and unique public-facing space that contrasted from other lobby spaces at other properties along South Wacker Drive. The existing lobby was dated and brash with marble walls and floors and intense digital displays that harkened to a conservative, corporate environment. Taking cues from the "awakening" rebrand, the design team re-envisioned the lobby by creating a warm, hospitality setting, where tenants and visitors encountered an inviting and comfortable space. Comfortable soft seating areas flank a custom reception console and provide alternative working environments for tenants and a place for visitors to relax. A "sunrise" element was incorporated into the lighting design and natural materials accentuate warmth and hospitality. Adjacent to the lobby, a former office space was transformed into a flexible amenity lounge and café. The daylit lounge, with 16 feet-high curtainwall, has a stunning view to the Chicago River and serves as a meeting and socialization space with a variety of casual seating arrangements and tables. Dramatic lighting warms the space, while custom designed bookcases, coffee and end tables, and sofas lend a hospitality-like environment. The lounge is a flexible space that can be utilized for private events, all-hands meetings, and alternate work environment for both tenants and the public. Unique to the space is a stationary food truck that is positioned in the lounge serves as a creative centerpiece. Visible from the street, the truck will serve a rotating selection of cuisines from a variety of local food purveyors. A renovated outdoor terrace serves as a social gathering space with views to the river and is accessible via a new sliding glass wall system to create a seamless indoor/outdoor connection to the main lounge in the warmer months. A glass windscreen was added to the terrace to help protect users from the elements. In the building's lower level is a new bicycle storage room and yoga/group exercise studio for tenant use. With no previous access from the street to the lower level, an exterior stairway with bicycle rail was added to provide direct and easy access from the street to the bicycle storage room to encourage building tenants to bike to work. New landscaping around the property, including along the river, furthers the building's position as a destination property.
RXBAR’s newly constructed 10-floor office building in downtown Chicago is the first expression of the brand in built space and honors the company's modest beginnings while inspiring exceptional growth of products, ideas, teams, and brand identity. Kicking off in August of 2017, the RXBAR team chose to move into the space as a family at full completion in April of 2018. It is an office without ego and is a place of purpose - designed to foster collaboration among individuals who dive deep on personality tests so that they can propel their talents together in harmony. Launching five years ago from a suburban basement outside of Chicago, RXBAR was bursting from their small identity-less office while at the same time gearing up for a furious hiring campaign. The protein bar company was eager to establish a 215-seat corporate headquarters in Chicago's River North neighborhood and sought to translate the honesty and energy of the brand’s No B.S. packaging, ingredients, and internal mantra into their physical space. While RXBAR joined the Kellogg's family during the build-out, their identity continues to remain uniquely theirs. Their beginnings are honored by the company's original Hobart mixer proudly displayed in the largest and most public conference room and the CEO's worn wooden stool which sits near his desk. RXBAR’s egalitarian beliefs are evident in the open seating layout that offers window views and sit-stand desks to each employee. The laptop-based staff can have a seat at cafe-style banquettes and kitchen islands at every floor or enjoy the ninth floor with kombucha and cold-brew on tap, an outdoor grill and firepit, and indoor entertainment space. Impromptu collaboration areas, quiet concentration rooms, and engaged breakout lounges help the teams work according to their styles and functions. An innovation lab allows for exploration of new products, a shipping center supports the efforts of the marketing team, and the onsite fitness center and locker room reflect the lifestyle of those that work for a company whose name is derived from a CrossFit term. The interiors are honestly straightforward. Glass walls of semi-private rooms let in the light and activity of the main floor. Corner rooms are for a meeting of the minds, not private offices. Raw steel, real woods, and an abundance of plants are natural and simple, just like the product's ingredients. Brand colors find unique placement on each floor, including in the stair murals which encourage employees to hike instead of ride, and the iconic packaging makes its way to the lobby's building directory. The building shell embraces the character of the site and the curved glass tower sits just inside the bend of the elevated CTA tracks. The wedge-shaped structure is in complete harmony with its surroundings and succeeds at creating a pedestrian plaza, Class A office building, and two retail experiences on a site that had been underdeveloped as a parking lot. From the shell to the interiors, each design decision reflects RXBAR's sacred core value: honest and simple from the inside out.
Upwork is a web-based global freelancing platform based in Silicon Valley. Upon relocating their Chicago office, the design for their new 28,000-square-foot workplace celebrates Upwork’s growing presence in the city, as well as the company’s mission to provide economic opportunities in local communities around the world. To connect the new space to its surroundings, the design team organized the office into different areas named after Chicago neighborhoods. Each quadrant is denoted by large, graphic wall coverings of iconic landmarks and restaurants located throughout the city, as selected by Upwork employees. To tie the design back to the organization itself, the design firm incorporated branding elements throughout the space, as seen in the crisp design aesthetic, bright lighting, and verdant accents, reminiscent of the company’s logo. The open floor plan features sit-to-stand workstations, a number of collaboration and informal meeting spaces, quiet areas for individual work, and a large café space that can accommodate meetings for up to 150 people. Integrated technology in both the collaboration spaces and conference rooms creates a flexible, team-oriented work environment and supports connectivity to Upwork’s clients worldwide.
Limitless Coffee & Tea is a new beverage startup which emphasizes the clean and detox-free processes used for the coffee beans and beverages. Inspired by their forward-thinking approach and cutting-edge technology in their product offerings, the team created a space that conveys this approach through the interior space of the flagship location in the Fulton Market section of the West Loop neighborhood in Chicago. The design team was enlisted to be involved with the client from the early beginning. Before a product was even developed, the team was able to help influence the look of the product conjoined with a space through initial conceptual studies. The greatest challenged faced was rooted in the brand’s identity, and designing a physical space that speaks to the clean, pure, and minimalistic nature of the brand, while still having character and feel inviting. By introducing color and geometric pattern play into the space, in addition to soft textures in upholstery and acoustical wall panels, along with natural wood, the design team was able to counter the pure white airiness with a sense of excitement, warmth, and artistic fun, colloquial to the Limitless identity. The design took off by attempting to create a space that leaves one of a higher mental feeling through the use of natural daylight and an emphasis on spatial verticality. The result is a slick coffee bar outfitted with high performance equipment all housed within a light, airy and minimalistic space. The cafe overall was designed to perform as an alternative location to working in an office by providing areas for both individuals to work and groups to gather and meet. There are a variety of seating types mixed throughout the plan to appeal to. Nearly every seat in the cafe is equip with power outlets and some tables offer marker boards for ideas creation. The meeting table towards the back of the cafe has both a large magnetic glass dry-erase board as well as a wall-mounted TV open for anyone to use for presentations. At this flagship Fulton Market location, the team designed a central skylight to flood the space with daylight and cast sun shadows on a colored glass focal wall as a dynamic art installation. The coffee bean roasting process is also on display and occurs behind a steel-frame and glass barrier as a way to showcase the honest approach to the coffee making process, while making a slight design nod to the historic Fulton Market District. The Limitless brand itself has introduced a unique product line to the consumer market, coupled with an identity that promotes inspiration and collaboration for all those who seek happiness and success, no matter the goal. The cafe space was designed to foster these idealistic notions, finally offering a food and beverage concept for thinkers, dreamers, experimenters, and every day hard-workers. Whether or not guests leave with a feeling of being ‘Limitless’, most would agree that this is not just your average neighborhood coffee shop. The flagship Fulton Market cafe is its own destination to venture for a visit. Aria Group has successfully helped Limitless open two additional cafe locations of different sizes this year, proving the scalability of the concept. The second location opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and the third opened within an office lobby space on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.
The interior design firm introduced wide plank bleached oak floor, walnut paneling and natural stones to bring warmth to the open modern glass and concrete home
The renovation provided the opportunity for a more efficient planning structure while simultaneously yielding a unique spatial workplace story. Embracing the buildings structure to create a more authentic spatial experience, promote transparency, and collaboration. In client-facing spaces the big idea was to celebrate the views and maximize the flexibility of their conference space, opening up their main boardroom to flow into reception. A broad range of working and meeting and gathering spaces are provided for the employees on this floor. On the south end of the floor, they have created a larger café to bring staff from all floors into one space during the day. The furniture and details were very carefully thought through to allow for after hours events. The grandfathered stair features a custom Chicago map that spans all five floors creating a local flare for their headquarters. Reed Smith prides themselves on their people and culture so the importance of local influences throughout their space allows them to showcase the pride of their firm and city. The renovated attorney floors are anchored by a café and corner workroom and work lounges. The corner spaces are visible from the connection corridors. Adjacent to these rooms are light vistas that allow light to penetrate the throughout the office. All materials were hand selected in a thoughtful way to allow for the inflow of daylight emphasize the bright and airiness from the space.
3 is the global leader in online obituaries, providing a digital platform for access to newspapers, flower delivery, funeral homes, and grief counseling. With two suburban offices separated by divergent staff functions and distance, engaged a firm to design a new consolidated downtown Chicago headquarters—an office supportive of cross-team interaction—for improved productivity and an environment where their unique culture would thrive. In keeping with their mantra of embracing a life well-lived, chose a site that is open and infused with natural light. A calming blue ceiling floats above. Using an “indoor-outdoor” design concept, natural-colored flooring suggestive of patios and grass showcases bright, colorful furniture that adds life and energy to the space. Photographs of celebrities and people from all walks of life are featured; their published obituaries are reminders of lives well-lived. Collaboration options are abundant—from closed living room settings to open hubs framed by Unistrut wood-clad panel systems to a large gathering space with a functioning “garage door”. Phone booths offer employees a private place for focused work. Only five months after moving in, employees universally say they “Love being there!”. Communication and collaboration between teams has increased, and employees feel energized. And, when they need a smile, they can join Superman in his phone booth or toss a Nerf football to a teammate while Walter Payton looks on.
Euromonitor’s vibrant new US headquarters began as a dark, water-damaged storage space in need of significant polish. We worked closely with the building and the global market research company on renovations, exposing and restoring brick throughout the space, and opening up two abandoned vertical mechanical shafts as well as three shuttered 40-foot long skylights. Our primary design goal was to highlight the industrial ambiance of the century-old building, engaging the existing architectural elements with the needs of a modern workplace. The company’s colorful brand identity influenced warm sunset accents, anchored by deep cobalt and greys. Multi-hued corridor graphics were developed alongside Euromonitor’s marketing team, and we balanced their intensity with relatively neutral lounge areas and workspace. Gathering spaces positioned below the shafts were dubbed “The Refectory” and “The Forum.” Planned for versatility, they were designed to hold Euromonitor’s full staff, while taking advantage of the shafts’ unique verticality. Polychromatic transparent panels pivot around the Forum, creating a saturated screen that separates it from open workspaces. Truly a hidden gem, our design transformed the gritty space into a flexible, functional office full of architectural surprises.
Founded in Switzerland in 1863 and still headquartered there, this global reinsurance company has a deep sense of Swiss style and design, celebrated and codified in its beautifully detailed global brand standards. The design team’s challenge was to deftly realize those standards, which play a significant part in underscoring the firm’s spirit and sense of place, with an innovative and fresh design that would ensure an unusually high level of security. From the Helvetica font to art and architecture, Swiss design is minimalistic, defined by simplicity, function, and the beauty of natural materials. For this client stone and wood are just that—within a defined range of grain and tone—and color is pure and pattern-free to create an aesthetic and visual consistency that associates color with function and type of work across all offices. At the reception, the palette is refined and soothing. A laminated wall of textured glass separates the white, fluted reception desk from the guest pantry behind it. An inviting niche to the left is an ideal waiting area for visitors. For years, the firm has curated an impressive art collection and provides framed works for each office. “All of their spaces have impressive art collections and they believe that’s part of stimulating and inspiring their workforce,” said the project’s design director. With this new space, staff transitioned to a free-address (or 100% unassigned) work environment; employees choose where and how they work. Seating along the window line encourages interaction, and a variety of settings for collaboration include work cafés, lounge spaces, booths, and shared offices as needed. A bank of lockers, one for each staff, is discretely woven into the open office design with minimal impact. Well-received, this new way of working helps attract and retain talent and inspires staff to come to the office, although working remotely is still an option. Similar to the idea that Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, each home base is a neighborhood with its own distinctive color: red, orange, or yellow. Since the collaborative areas are located between neighborhoods, they receive a gradient of the two neighboring home base colors creating a smooth transition between home bases. Throughout, the palette is calming and subtle, moving from soft hues of yellow to orange as the level of work becomes more dynamic. Synthetic fabrics are never used, but textures add interest and edges are always rounded. This overall approach is thought to minimize chaos, organize space, and provide a warm and familiar office layout that staff can recognize worldwide. Protecting their clients’ information is paramount for this firm and requires unusually high security. Realizing that requirement challenged the design team and drove the construction of a data wall, a raised floor, and a series of chases to separate the suite from its neighbors, since all cabling had to remain within the firm’s suite. Acoustic privacy was another key factor. Defined by the client’s brand standards, meeting areas must meet National Reduction Coefficient levels per space type, which required a variety of features, including glazed double glass, sealed doors, acoustic drapes, double panel acoustic wall treatments, and an assortment of baffles for complete soundproofing. The elegance and simplicity of this welcoming work environment belies the underlying complexity of its security and acoustic requirements through a sensitive and timeless design.
Shure Incorporated, a leading global microphone and audio electronics manufacturer, invited us to design their new Chicago City Center. Located in the heart of the Loop, the City Center brings Shure back to its’ Chicago roots and recreates a downtown presence. The design team was tasked with creating a modern environment that showcased Shure’s brand, provided room for their innovation and enhanced client and Associates’ experience. The Shure Brand is highlighted throughout including an abstract iconic 1939 Unidyne Microphone in the elevator lobby, interactive product display at Reception/Customer Experience Center, history wall featuring iconic figures using Shure products, and black and white graphics with Chicago music venue and historical events. The work space provides collaborative height workstations and unique spaces that support creativity, such as a video recording studio, editing suite, production development space, and a large flexible Hub that functions as both social and presentation space. Maximized access to natural light, height adjustable furniture, choice of work settings with varying postures and selective sustainable materials contribute to employee wellbeing.
In the heart of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood, Hubbard 221 delivers comfortable luxury, plentiful public amenities, and a prime location for a quick commute by foot or public transportation. Standing above the iconic Merchandise Mart and the mid-rise buildings surrounding its core, the 22-floor multifamily high-rise enjoys views that sweep the skyline to the north and east, gaze along the Art Deco styling of the Mart to the south, and have an unimpeded view of the sunsets to the west. The lobby invites the angles of the city indoors with a mix of materials: terrazzo with metal insets, wood paneled walls, steel canopy, and sculptural lounge chairs. Small but mighty, every inch of the entry transmits the energy of the city. The refreshing color palette throughout celebrates the contrast between deep tones and bright whites while bringing in saturated, upbeat hues to enhance the fickle Chicago weather. While the art was sourced through a local curator, it is the full-height curtain wall that provides the most inspiring and authentic moment. The simple glazing creates unity between an indoor haven and bustling exterior environment. Materials are rich, sleek, and varied, creating an aspirational view of life ahead for the young professionals that call Hubbard 221 home. This project is representative of a new idea of luxury for a new generation. With 195 units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, residents can tailor their space to their needs, knowing that the 6,500-sf amenity space on the 21st-floor serves as an extension of their private apartments. Additionally, each studio unit is provided with a custom room divider that creates height, provides closed and open storage, incorporates a desk/dining option, and creates definition between the living room and bedroom. All residents have access to a custom paint program with five curated colors for complimentary accent wall application. Beyond the units, in the coworking lounge, a built-in leather banquette with electrified base sits across from the newest printing technology to encourage city dwellers to have an expanded home office. A locally-made 8-person conference table takes that concept to the next level. A full-service chef’s kitchen can be opened up to the exterior grill station by a sliding glass wall and sets of paneled doors provide privacy for residents that reserve the entertainment suite. Some of the best views are from the Peloton bikes in the fitness center and the yoga and barre studio. The 5,500-sf exterior amenity deck is complete with private cabanas, pool, hot tub, grilling stations, fire pits, and an exterior lounge with television. A covered dog run with a mural by a local artist, bike repair shop, and technologically advanced package room and dry-cleaning lockers round out programming that is the answer to a busy life within city limits.
We took inspiration from some of the more urban tech spaces we’ve been designing. We knew we needed to address all the items listed above, but we also wanted to get people talking about this anything-but-run-of-the-mill financial office space. We wanted to create a destination, and why not? Just because it’s a contact center doesn’t mean it can’t be a destination. The design of the space takes an industrial direction, which is antithetical to the rest of the spaces in the building, and pretty much in your face as soon as you walk off the elevators. We designed an over-scaled perforated and cold-rolled steel signage piece with a backlit laser-cut logo, exposed ceilings, industrial linear lighting, and stained concrete floors. Immediately adjacent and off the entry, we created an oversized café space with the same industrial lighting that bends and folds its way into the space, a varied-height communal table, plywood nooks with exposed connections and subtle complementary colors to create balance. We took advantage of the abundant natural light that entered the space by minimizing built environment at the perimeter, and when it does occur, it’s conference and/or communal space. All the ceilings were left exposed, acoustically treated, and a sleek LED lighting scheme was developed to act in harmony with natural lighting. In the open office, all the desks are sit-to-stand and have views to the surrounding landscape. We employed unexpected materials, such as worn and recycled metal panels, to create storage towers and hide irregular column placement, and primary color-coded for wayfinding. We developed an easily changeable slip-form steel tube framing module that separates core circulation from the open office and holds glass panels with tongue-in-cheek historical telephone super-graphics. This was the edge they were seeking. We created an office that was downtown-reminiscent, uniquely branded, technologically-forward, uber-functional, attractive, and suitable for developing a strong and communal office culture.
The Customer Experience Test Kitchen and Innovation Center serves as a place to gather and showcase Golden State Foods' (GSF) food and liquid products. Inspired by the energy of its location in the West Loop neighborhood, the “The Chicago Kitchen Table” concept for the project comes to life. This space, like the kitchen table in a home, serves as the heart and soul that connects GSF's products and their restaurant partners. This project achieved its goal of fusing the neighborhood culture with GSF's global, gold standard image. The project includes 4,300 SF of culinary areas (test kitchen and research & development lab) as well as creative office space (work lounge, conference rooms, and touch-down hoteling areas) in an open loft environment. Materials include classic, timeless finishes like wood, glass, brick, black iron, and concrete. They speak to the trusted and true foundations and values of GSF.
The design problem is to create a multipurpose co-working space that can also be used for the purpose of networking and be able to accommodate at least 70 people at a time. Other concerns include at least 24 benching stations and 24 workstations with a variety of meeting spaces. A conference space that seats at least 16 people and room for expansion is requested for larger presentations. Other concerns include acoustical control, biophilia and sustainability. To address the variety of meeting spaces, I added open and closed collaborations, heads down spaces, impromptu meeting spaces for two to four and several lounges for larger parties. There is also an auditorium for guest speakers and evening events. Acoustical concerns were addressed with carpeting in the corridors, acoustical panels on the walls and lowering the ceiling height from 14 feet to 12 feet. Biophilia is addressed with several trees throughout the space to bring nature inside, help with stress relief and cognitive function. Lastly, we have floor to ceiling curtain wall o windows to take advantage of daylighting and reduce the use of electricity. To address sustainability all furniture fabrics are at least 100,000 double rubs and Greenguard certified.