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Eataly Chicago, Chicago Illinois 2012 - 2013 A modern insertion into the existing urban fabric of Chicago, the second location in the United States to represent the worldwide brand Eataly brings high class Italian food and market expirence to the midwest for shoppers to enjoy a myriad of expirences. Situated between Grand & Ohio, located off Wabash, the store occupies two floors of the former ESPN Zone and Texas de Brazil resturants. At 63,000+ square feet the space features 23 different eateries, (several of which are new to the chicago location), multiple levels, a teaching school, and fine dining resturant. The architectural asethic was to reflect the clean, open space of modern architecture and the crowded nature of the european marketplace. Joining together the floor plates of a steel frame building & a cast in place concrete tower with a cohesive and uniform vision for the retailer was an interesting task as well as fitting in the numerous requirements from the client. Verifying and documenting the existing conditions of the two spaces and adapting the shipping, cooking, preperation, circulation and egress requirements to fit within the shell was a constant process. At numerous times were the exsting conditions checked to make sure the clean modern design could be accomidated and quickly. Having to meet opening deadlines set by the client, the relationship between the contractor and architect was even more important to keep the conversation open and clear about the goals of the project and expectations of the client. My roles in the project were numerous, from documenting and verifying existing conditions, to overall interior desgn and coordination of finishes across the project to researching finishes and materials, presenting them to the client, going over the lead times associated with the finish selections and how their choices impact the project schedule. I took on numerous roles and various design and research level tasks, the most important was the design of the major circulation elements that represnted the architectural image of the interior; the glass elevators and stair. Designing the asethic layout of the elevators based on the client’s intended image and working within the existing conditions was a very difficult task. From material and system research to fine detailing and coordination with the sub contractors, I was very invested in my design direction and how to see the design through to reality. Other tasks included being immerseed in the construction administration process, preparing a permit ready set and numerous bulletins to constantly keep the field informed and adapt client requests into the project. After opening in December of 2012, the retailer was so well recived that after the first week and a 100,000+ people through is doors, the store had to take a day off and restock and fiqure out it’s overwhelming populartiy.


Interior Photograph - Fried Resturant

Interior Photograph - Seafood Resturant


Glass Elevator Design Details


Glass Elevator Model - Detail

Glass Elevator Model - Axonometric View

Glass Elevator Model - Axonometric View

Glass Elevator Model - Detail at spider fitting


Interior Photograph - Entry looking toward Second Floor

Interior Photograph - Lobby

Interior Photograph - Lobby Stair


Interior Photograph - Second Floor Piazza


Interior Photograph - Second Floor Wine Tasting

Interior Photograph - First Floor Fine Dining

Interior Photograph - First Floor Pastry/Gelato

Interior Photograph - First Floor Fine Dining


Interior Photograph - Second Floor Piazza


James evrard portoflio 2014 eataly web  
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