November 17, 2020

CannonDesign Wins Two AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards

The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) is the largest chapter of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within AIA Illinois, and the second largest AIA chapter in the country.

Our work on the Michigan Plaza Light Sculpture was given a Divine Detail Honor Award, while the CBS Showtime West Coast HQ won an Interior Architecture Citation of Merit. The full list of winners as well as project features can be found on the AIA Chicago website.

Below are summaries of both of the projects. Congrats to our design teams on this tremendous recognition!

Michigan Plaza, Light Sculpture

The last two decades have seen bold shifts in how we meet, work and interact within the spaces where we spend most of our daily lives. The goal of this lobby revitalization aimed to transform a daunting, unwelcoming space into a new “place to be” becoming a new entry point and destination for the nearly 20,000 daily tenants and visitors arriving from Michigan Avenue and the railway station below.

Light is the material. The building’s concrete frame, which is wrapped in metal and glass, became the stepping point for the design concept. Previously metal-clad columns, now wrapped in glass, disperse reflected light throughout. Subtle curves draw light and people into collaboration and relaxation zones. The focal point is an iconic light-sculpture composed of 760-pendants, itself a wrapper, defining the space below – a new beacon of calm found within the crossing paths of people all around.

Showtime, West Coast Headquarters

Reality versus perception. How do you distinguish between reality and what you believe to be true? Showtime’s original programming is dedicated to craft, narrative and storytelling intended to manipulate your perception. Whether watching Homeland, Dexter or Twin Peaks, you are encouraged to question and reevaluate your own point-of-view.

The space casts you as a player within the narrative,  as the very characters created by the Showtime team look on. Who is really being watched? These stares follow you through the space.