35 E. WACKER | 14TH FLOOR
BatesForum is reinventing itself — and rethinking its workplace in the process.
The firm’s 20,000-square-foot floor plate in the historic Jewelers Building in downtown Chicago is a departure from typical, monolithic office space, offering a patchwork of “vignettes” designed to nurture individuality, enable innovation, and retain the best talent. Bringing together disparate workplaces and zones is an installation that, winding throughout the space, supplies thematic unity.
A leaf-like structure, designed and fabricated by BatesForum out of more than 1,500 individual pieces, introduces the reception area, hovers over common spaces, and weaves through the building core. As visitors pass underneath the leaves, the installation expands and dips in response to specific pressure points. At the extremities of the installation, leaves gradually dissipate. The design and custom fabrication of the piece sets the tone for Forum Studio’s culture of hands-on innovation and progressive design aesthetic.
*Originally designed by Forum Studio