Kirkland & Ellis LLP – Chicago

Informed by SOM’s long-term relationship with Kirkland & Ellis, the design of their Chicago office seeks to evolve with the firm over future decades. The project included strategic planning, real estate strategy development, sustainable design, and interior design for the firm’s relocation into 25 floors of a high-rise along the Chicago River.

The logic of fiscal and environmental longevity, exceptional performance, and adaptability guided every design decision, from base building definition to materials selection. Specially designed furnishings anticipate changes in workplace technologies and work processes by supporting constant reconfiguration.

A two-story conference center, located within the heart of the office, takes full advantage of open, unobstructed riverfront views, while a terrace provides a unique location for events. Pivoting doors allow rooms to open into one another, creating spaces that can accommodate both large group sessions and smaller breakaway discussions. A light sculpture by Spencer Finch illuminates the reception area, and a series of interactive sculptures by Richard Hunt and Corrine Peterson draws visitors and employees onto the terrace.

Located within a LEED® CS building, the firm has also earned LEED® Silver for Commercial Interiors, making this the largest sustainable interior office space in Chicago.