Other new work in the building includes a more modernized, urban food hall,a large multi-purpose space on the second floor, and a riverfront park with alfresco seating.
TheMART’s transformative renovation was designed to complement the creative energy and talent of its tenants and visitors, reflecting both the functionality and aesthetic of those whoutilize theMART’s space for offices, retail, showrooms and events. Dynamic elements of therenovation include:
“TheMART’s stature as an architectural icon, and its influence as the epicenter of Chicago’scommerce and industry is reflected in every aspect of the unique and functional design of TheGrand Stair and theMART’s other new communal space elements,” Myron Maurer, COO of theMART, said in a statement.
Vornado Realty Trust, the property’s owner, engaged innovative, New York-based architecture, strategy and design firm, A+I to lead the design process throughout the three-year capital improvements renovation project.
“Rather than creating a port of entrance and exit, the architectural features of theMART’s new lobby allow for a new kind of engagement by slowing down the pace of passage,” Brad Zizmor, Principal and Co-Founder of A+I, said.
“The Grand Stair and Reception Area create a monumental architectural landscape conducive to reflection, thinking and socializing. In keeping with A+I’s reinvention of the lobby as a programmatic space to dwell in, as opposed to pass through, we designed a colossal stair with a physical structure that is 80 percent meant to be lingered on as opposed to being walked on.”