New Public Space at Gateway Center IV in the West Loop

FitzGerald Associates architects sent over a note today about its new design for the lobby and public spaces of 300 South Riverside Plaza (also known as Gateway Center IV).

There will be lots of interior demolition to open up the lobby and improve views into, out of, and through the building.  It’s a strategy recently employed at 111 South Wacker Drive by Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects that won it awards.  Pelli Clark Pelli Architects plans to use the same trick on a much larger scale at its Wolf Point trio of towers.

If this trend continues, it could be an interesting evolutionary step in making Chicago, and other cities, even more pedestrian-friendly.

Press release after the picture:

300 South Riverside rendering by Thomas Livings

300 South Riverside rendering by Thomas Livings

FitzGerald Associates Architects has been retained by Means Knaus Partners, property manager for 300 South Riverside Plaza, to provide architectural services for the renovation and rearrangement of interior spaces in the building’s ground-floor restaurant, the Alonti Catering Café, to create a more spacious seating area for the guests and, most importantly, to improve sightlines through the lobby, the restaurant, the river-side patio and the bustling Loop beyond. The plan calls for the demolition of existing offices, storage space and restrooms—along with the relocation of corresponding utilities—and the construction of an expanded seating area, in addition to new top-of-the-line restrooms.

In addition to the restaurant renovations, FitzGerald has designed a new “smokers’ pavilion” enclosure for the complex, to provide protection from the elements in a previously uncovered area. Both projects are expected to be completed this fall.


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