Legat Architects

Welcome

A rug of shag carpeting and a large globe light in the otherwise contemporary lobby remind employees of the firm’s original studio. Designers used a 1964 image of firm founder Joe Legat to create a pixelated graphic on the feature wall, while glass that surrounds a gray wall offers a peek into the main conference room.

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“The new Gurnee office is a showpiece of green building to the firm’s clientele.”

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Interaction on Display

The concrete walkway that surrounds the space displays activity throughout the studio, including the glass-enclosed main conference room.

Grille

Employees and clients gather in “the grille” at the heart of the studio to discuss design concepts, pin up ideas, and give presentations.

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Shop

“The shop” offers not only a storage space, but also a recess where designers can create boards, build models, and compare building materials.

“The Gurnee office has an open floor plan, with all the designers in a bullpen. They have views of the elongated office space, of each other and outside.”

Bullpen

The main work area offers open views, natural light from ribbon windows and skylights, and break-out areas.

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Billboard

The 137-foot-long orange wall that unites the studio displays the three words that have propelled the Legat legacy: performance – sustainability – design.