230 W. Monroe St. Lobby Renovation Chicago, Illinois
Owner: MB Real Eztate Architect of Record: Perkins & Will Project Architect: Tak C. Louie, AIA, LEED AP General Info: Completion Date
It’s original lobby was clad in Indiana limestone and was a symbol of reserved elegance in the early 70’s. However, it was soon lost in the fervor of new Office building construction adorned with opulent modern finishes. 230 W. Monroe needed a face lift to keep up with market demands and competitive leasing options available around it. The design is simple, understated and elegant. A familiar material, wood, eases the transition from the lightness of the structural glass façade to the embrace of warm finishes at the elevator banks. A heightened ceiling plane further opens the space to give a grandeur scale to a once dark and cavern-like entry.
Published on Oct 13, 2009