Last week, Chicago’s largest architecture firm announced it is leaving the historic AMA Plaza (330 North Wabash Avenue) for the even-more-historic Wrigley Building next door at 400 North Michigan Avenue.
It made us think of our last after-hours visit to Perkins + Will‘s headquarters in what was once was IBM Plaza, designed by Mies van der Rohe, who never got to see it built.
So we’ve set the wayback machine to 2011 for a dozen glimpses inside the spaces where the firm came up with some of its best ideas.
Something in the back of my mind tells me this is not actual Eames furniture, but reproductions. The company brought in $413 million last year, so I must be mistaken.
What? Your office door doesn’t have a ¾ offset pivot? Do you work in a barn?
The Perkins+Will staff are so happy with the value and quality of Target’s “Up and Up” line of products that they’ve stenciled the “Up and Up” logo on their room dividers to keep the office parakeet from flying into the glass panes and breaking its tiny green and yellow neck in front of potential clients.
Nothing says “stability” like punching a hole in the floor of a landmarked skyscraper to join two levels together into one big office. Yes, this is a real sign that a company is committed to its location and there’s absolutely no chance of it jumping ship to another skyscraper. Oh, wait…