CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL FIRM
Location: Chicago, IL
Space Type: Corporate Office / Financial Firm
Size: 70,000 Sq./Ft.
Project Management Firm: CBRE
Design Firm: Kuchar Studio
General Contractor: ECI Construction
Manufacturing Partners: Teknion, Andreu World, Bernhardt, ICF, Icon Modern, naughtone, Stylex, Vitra
Photography: Kendall McCaugherty, Hall+Merrick+McCaugherty Photographers
For a company that excels in the financial market, every nuance is calculated, intentional. When harnessing exceptional talent is what fuels exceptional results, the architectural design and furnishings are not an afterthought, they’re infused into the makeup and embody the culture of the team.
The office environment for this financial firm boasts “bespoke” from every angle. Gold leaf accent walls adorn the conference room. Glowing, custom brass enclosures and patterned mosaic tiles wrap the building’s original columns, which date back to the early 1900s. A local Chicago artist was commissioned to paint an expressive mural onto the entry hallway’s concrete wall, featuring saturated gold, lilac and coral flora. Reclaimed wood slats from a forlorn barn accent the tea point—a warm, subdued space imbued with the rust and brass-colored palette one might find in the landscape to which it alludes.
Workstations and lounge seating are interwoven here as well; the Bernhardt Mitt seating provides respite to foster creative thinking away from monitor screens. Tufted, terra cotta soft seating furnish a recessed collaboration area, situated adjacent to desking positioned on an elevated platform. Teknion Navigate Height-Adjustable tables and Nuova Contessa task chairs are the perfect ergonomic selection for the engineers, analysts and business partners who catapult this firm to new heights.
Traces of Morocco and the Mediterranean are carried throughout, from textiles to bathroom tiles. The exotic Spanish and North-African influence immediately warm the industrial bones of this Chicago building, located in what was once the meat-packing district. And peppered throughout the café, private offices and open areas, one also finds green plaid upholstered seating, an eclectic accent speaking to the global diversity of the firm.
Much like the confidential nature of this company, each area allows for privacy, thought or constructive conversation, and the environment welcomes new talent with an array of intercontinental furnishings that equally represent its international presence.