The architecture and interior design firm of Mekus Tanager is located in the River East Arts Center, a historic 6-story loft building on the eastern edge of downtown Chicago. The building’s owner embarked on a project to convert the top two floors of the building to residential condominiums, which necessitated the relocation of the Mekus Tanager offices from the fourth floor to the third floor. The new office design incorporates most of the existing custom millwork from the former location, saving construction costs and reducing waste. The open-plan workspace is arranged into pods that are divided by the building’s 20-foot column grid, allowing project team members to collaborate freely while minimizing distractions from outside the pod. Workstations and offices are located along the windows to take advantage of natural light, while conference and support spaces are located toward the interior of the building. Certain wall and ceiling elements are shifted ten degrees so as to enhance circulation through the space and provide a visual contrast to the building’s rigid column grid.
Project responsibilities included surveying the new space and existing millwork, collaborating with the firm’s partners in developing the schematic design for the new office, and carrying the project through construction documents.
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||2006 – 2007|
|Project Principal||Chris Mekus|