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Chicago Office Towers Showcase Amenities Floor Trend

Workplace design has morphed and transformed to accommodate what drives today’s younger workforce.

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Projects: 123 North Wacker & 200 West Jackson

Location: Chicago

Architects: Wright Heerema Architects, Chicago

 

Workplace design has morphed and transformed to accommodate what drives today’s younger workforce. The buildings with the best amenities are typically leasing faster and getting higher rents.

At 123 N Wacker and 200 West Jackson in Chicago, Wright Heerema Architects designed amenities floors incorporating community gathering spaces, or modern tenant lounges, allowing employees to gather and socialize, boosting existing tenant satisfaction and attracting new ones alike.

Skyline View

Located on the 30th floor, the Amenity Floor at 123 North Wacker features wood paneled walls, stone accents, fireplaces, and a coffee bar. The most spectacular focal point is the skyline view out of the walls of operable glass.

The architects specified three NanaWall SL70 folding glass wall systems that are each 10-feet tall and over 26-feet wide to fill the east facing side of the building. The thermally broken SL70 folding glass wall system is engineered for heavy duty performance in larger sizes for virtually all environments.

When the glass walls are open, tenants step right up to a glass railing effectively blurring the boundary between the building’s edge and the view beyond.

Outdoor Getaway

200 West Jackson boasts “The Notch” on the 28th floor. The architects created a terrace lounge with floor to ceiling windows that gives the tenants air, light, and a refreshing outdoor getaway.

Operable folding glass windows open the space to the outside on two sides, providing panoramic views of downtown. To achieve this, the architects specified three-panel NanaWall SL70 window systems. The folding glass wall system provides exceptional protection from exterior elements and delivers a comfortable and quiet indoor experience when closed.

Design elements draw on indoor/outdoor appeal with lots of wood elements and greenery, not to mention loads of fresh air and daylight.

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