Location: Chicago, Illinois
Architect: Perkins & Will
Associate Architect: McClier
Client: The Tribune Co.
General Contractor: Pepper Construction
Consultants: McClier (structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection); Byrne & Associates (electrical)
Photographer: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

The muscular, industrial character of a former printing press room under Chicago’s Tribune Tower was skillfully worked down to an interior scale in this new headquarters for the internet-based media division of The Tribune Co. The architects created a 3-story-high main hall volume by stripping the space to its structural framework and carving away at unneeded floor plates. To bring in natural light, an existing loading dock was refitted with glass. Glass-walled conference rooms stacked into canted, semi-transparent towers form shapes within the central volume and allow diagonal views. Steel bridges connect balconies housing 270 open workstations, with communication and power connections integrated into the handrail detail so that employees can “plug in” virtually anywhere in the space.
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