Chicago, IL | Approx. 3,911 SF
Nestled in a commercial pocket of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, on the 5th floor at 625 N Michigan Ave., is the city’s first-ever interior fresh air “urban park office lounge.” The new tenant amenity incorporates elements of the exterior environment with modern office accoutrements to create an atmosphere of “al fresco courtyard meets urban play space”.
BOX Studios achieved an open-air design by replacing designated stationary perimeter windows with operable panes that open to fresh air, city sounds and a new urban perspective. Altering the building’s exterior language called for collaborative team work between BOX, consulting engineers, the city’s Department of Buildings and the fire department. All codes and requirements were successfully met, delivering a safe and unique final solution.
Intermixed with the outdoor features are full-sized table games and media stations that embody today’s work/play office trends. At the entry, digital wayfinding welcomes guests into the multi-functional space. Mobile laptop tables stationed along a built-in bench and USB convenience outlets throughout provide casual workspaces within the lounge areas. The kitchenette features ‘wellness’ vending machines coupled with the typical appliances to meet any hunger craving.