Westfield Old Orchard Mall The Glass Cube

Skokie, Illinois / United States of America

The minimalist design is nearly invisible and ideal for the display of merchandise or exhibitions throughout the year. The only opaque portion of the building is the 'cloud' (ceiling) that integrates all building systems into a sleek, sculptural element which orients visitors to the mall garden beyond. The building acts as a destination as well as a gateway.

To obtain The Cube's transparency, the design team employed an innovative use of structural glass and bespoke connections. The Cube is supported on just four steel columns, inset at each corner. The eighteen-feet-high low-iron glass façade panels are laminated with an interlayer of SG while bearing on an embedded channel at the base. The eighteen-feet-high glass fins composed of three layers of tempered glass support the façade panels with structural silicone. The three-layer composition provides the opportunity to stop the middle layer short of the top. A horizontal stainless steel fin is integrated into the vertical fin, creating a connection that is minimal and elegant. The stainless steel fins are then bolted through to the other two layers. The stainless steel fins extend 4'-0" back to the primary structural beam bracing the glass fins laterally and supporting the glass roof.

Architect of record

Jason Nuttelman
218 s Wabash Ave, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312-895-4438

General contractor

Evan Wisthuff
Graycor Construction Company
Two Mid America Plaza, Suite 400
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, United States
Phone: 630-684-7259

Consultant 1

Edward Peck
Thornton Tomasetti
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312-596-2424

Consultant 2

Robert Bolin
Syska Hennessy Group
330 N Wabash Ave, #1505
Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Phone: 312-588-3561


James Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, United States
Phone: 312-735-5333