Earles Architects and Associates have finished the design of two speculative suites on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.
The spaces total nearly 11,000 square feet within 233 N. Michigan Ave. They new design offers a mix of bold modern finishes – influenced by the building’s architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—and contemporary Scandinavian design with a light airy feel.
The iconic 28-story building is also known as Two Illinois Center and is part of a three building office and retail complex that anchors the southeast side of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
EAA’s first suite includes several nods to the noted architect, including lighting that was painted red to reflect Mies van der Rohe’s use of red velvet curtains at the Barcelona Pavilion and Chicago’s own use of red in the Illinois Center.
The second suite has a strong Scandinavian design influence, including light wood cabinetry and contemporary accent lighting, and reflects the more organic side of modern design. The design is tied together visually through detailed millwork and accent colors in the private offices and break room.
Speculative suites have grown in popularity in recent years, as landlords look for creative ways to display office space and differentiate their buildings in the market. These types of suites often range from 2,500 to 10,000 square feet and can be outfitted with a variety of visual elements, from cutting edge break rooms to sleek office furniture and well-appointed reception areas.
EAA has completed multiple spec suites in Chicago, assisting landlords in bridging the visual divided between raw space and finished offices. Spec suites can take several forms, from partial to full room build-outs, depending on the landlord’s needs.