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.