233 North Michigan Avenue Plaza Renovation

233 North Michigan Avenue Plaza Renovation

Client

REIT Management & Research, LLC

Size

~1 acre space

     

2015 Merit Award - Illinois Chapter ASLA

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233 North Michigan Avenue Plaza Renovation

Chicago, Illinois

 

With new building ownership came a desire to rebrand this circa 1970's building and plaza to attract a younger demographic by completing a complete renovation and makeover.

The new transformational plaza design is a complete break with the post-Miesian past and serves as a strong contrast to the surrounding corporate architecture - serving as a garden instead of a plaza. The goal was to create a fresh and memorable urban space. The curvilinear organic forms encourage visitors to stroll through and explore the garden's offerings which include moveable seating, a performance space, seating areas in weathered granite, and a fire pit. 

Bright pops of color are introduced through site furnishings, and two smaller seating areas are positioned in sun pockets that focus views to Michigan Avenue.  Waterproofing repairs and other technical details were addressed during the project, which was completed on time and on budget.

 

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