CannonDesign’s work with a confidential office client in Chicago is the cover feature in Architectural Record’s (AR) 2018 Interiors issue. AR describes the space that our team created in partnership with Rome-based Alvisi Kirimoto elegantly.
“It’s not often one walks into an office and feels a sense of calm and utter tranquility. An uncommon workplace in the center of downtown Chicago is serious in tone, as well as serene, designed as much for receiving visitors as for providing its 25-person staff the best environment in which to work.
The space, with its zen atmosphere, is not surprisingly, anchored by a strong Eastern influence, reflecting a desire of the client, who has traveled extensively in Asia and amassed an impressive collection of art from the continent.”
Our Design Principal Mark Hirons led the project for CannonDesign and is quoted in the AR story: “We had an unusual amount of flexibility with the building, which was just beginning construction,” he says. The new tower where the two-story office is located sits along the Chicago River. Inside, the office for one enterprise occupies the full lower floor, nearly 30,000 SF, taking advantage of its 12-foot ceiling height and carving out a piece of the floor above – which houses another of the client’s businesses – to create a large double-height room that has come to be known as the Winter Garden.
“We were even offered the possibility of balconies, but we opted for a light-filled interior space at one end of the floor that could be enjoyed year-round.”