The materials, fabrication, and assembly of the Michael Jordan Swoop were performed locally within the Chicago land area. The sign fabricator from Elmhurst, IL, and the Design Team worked closely in their shop during the fabrication and assembly process to ensure a well refined and efficiently performed product for the project.
Located in an office complex in Oakbrook, IL is the Michael Jordan Restaurant. Since inception, the location became its own challenge. The restaurant is on a busy street, hidden behind a landscape setting, and sandwiched between two office towers. It became an important design to improve the restaurant’s visibility, and to draw people into it.
With this idea of place making in mind, the architects went through dozens of canopy options, which resulted in an undulating form derived from an understanding of Michael Jordan’s iconic flight path. The result is an inviting metallic canopy where 3 structural ribs repeat 10 times while rotating to create an ascendant rhythm. The structure is then clad in perforated metal sheets with a subtly abstracted interpretation of a basketball texture, that culminate above the entrance, guiding customers into the space.
The canopy at Michael Jordan Restaurant becomes a subtle reference element of the Chicago Bull’s Star that gets filtered into the design without overshadowing the space.