New studio resurfaces architectural charm of 110-year-old building in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood
Legat’s renovation of a sixth-floor suite formerly occupied by a digital development company uncovers and celebrates some of the original architectural nuances within a vintage timber loft structure built in 1909.
The light-filled space features exposed structural brick, advanced mechanical systems, sit/stand desks for every employee, places for privacy, and a light well. Elsewhere in the building, employees can use bike storage, a shower area, and even an egg-shaped “meditation pod” just off the lobby.
The demolition team was surprised when it removed the plaster that covered the walls — the original brick had been painted black. We invested in the sandblasting of the brick to bring back its original color and texture.
The location brings employees improved access to public transit and dining options. The studio is located across the street from the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Chicago French Market (a European-inspired indoor food market).