Borrowing from Chicago’s rich art and architectural history, the design concept echoes forms found in the city’s skyscraper window vernacular and iconic sculptures. The design of the feature rug inset within the reception and conference center is a visual metaphor of the city’s river that runs through downtown. Its ripples radiate outwards from the reception towards the view capturing Chicago’s skyline and surrounding Great Lakes. The practice area is sequestered from the conference center, centralizing support staff at the east and west arcs of the elliptical-shaped building. The work wall that defined the existing private offices along the building’s perimeter was replaced with a glass store-front system. The new glazing wall was installed two feet inside of the old wall to reduce the “dead space” in each office and expand the common corridor, creating a more open environment and allowing more natural sunlight to pierce deeper into the core of the building.