Designed by SOM in the 1950's to give form to innovative organizational business
methods, the Inland Steel tower is an icon on Chicago’s skyline and a National Historic Landmark. This renovation makes Inland Steel a new embodiment of progress shaped around the needs of the dynamic global marketplace. The new interior pays homage to Inland Steel’s iconic aesthetic and includes the latest workplace technologies. In the lobby and exterior plazas, new art will complement the design and convey Inland Steel’s civic and cultural leadership.
The last thing that a growing, changing, or mobile company wants to worry about is maintaining a permanent physical environment. As a more flexible alternative to a conventional commercial fit-out, an office hotel gives companies an immediately deployable workplace and high-end amenities without tying them down. SOM’s forward-thinking workplace is an integrated system based on a kit of parts of partitions, ergonomic furniture
, and environmentally-conscious finishes. Tenant spaces can be rearranged or expanded quickly and cleanly, yielding a flexible and lively Office Urbanism.
The project aims to make workplace comfort environmentally and economically sustainable. An active chilled beam system regulates the temperature inside without wasting energy. The office hotel’s modular fit-out system allows for a “green leasing” initiative that eliminates the wastefulness of interior demolition. The design shows leadership by introducing these ecological products and concepts to the marketplace, and forward-thinking tenant companies will be able to boast that their home is one of the first commercial interiors in the United States to achieve LEED Platinum certification
Completion Year: 2010
Project Area: 284,133 ft 2
2011 • MIPIM/Architectural Review • MIPIM Future Project Award: Commercial
2010 • Chicago Athenaeum • Green Good Design Award
2009 • Chicago Athenaeum • American Architecture Award
2008 • Architect Magazine • R + D Award
2008 • Architecture Magazine • P/A Award: Honorable Mentionworkplace.