Project DescriptionSterling Partners is a private equity firm who decided to couple their business philosophy of “inspired growth” to their work environment by relocating their headquarters from the northern suburbs to downtown Chicago. The new office, located on the 33rd floor of one of the city’s most prominent downtown high-rises, offers 360-degree views of Chicago's most desirable features: the lake, the river, the Loop and the Gold Coast. Brininstool + Lynch worked closely with the client to define a sense of place that would help reinforce the company’s business philosophy in both appearance and operations.
The core of the building, containing vertical circulation, restrooms and tenant services, is wrapped in an identity-reinforcing orange glass that marks the company's presence from the moment one steps off the elevator. The perimeter of the floor is left open to take full advantage of the dramatic views. Functional business lounge furniture was selected and configured to create distinct zones dedicated to working, informal gathering, thinking, and leisure.
Custom, dark walnut desks line two sides of the perimeter and offer temporary and flexible work areas for employees and guests. The entire office is wired to support the use of portable technology and high-tech audio and visual stations. A pantry provides space for informal meetings and office events. LCD panels embedded in the white glass marker board walls scroll a constant program of office information and updates. Cork tile flooring adds warmth and balance to the functional stainless steel utility areas.
Spaces that require a certain degree of privacy and acoustical control, such as private offices, meeting rooms, and phone rooms, are pushed to the interior of the floor and are treated with fabric-wrapped wall panels, wood veneer, and transparent glass.