The Chicago Merchandise Mart created an open-concept lobby by employing Manhattan studio Architecture + Information (A+I) to redesign the entrance with mirrored surfaces and metallic detailing. Renamed 'The Mart,' the concrete historic building pushes the agenda of the public sphere—a concept developed by German philosopher Jürgen Habermas detailing a spatial area in social life, where individuals can get together to discuss societal, political, economical and cultural issues.
The Chicago Merchandise Mart happily employs that concept within its revamped lobby. There is a comfortable seating area, accompanied by a coffee space and a bar. Patrons can take time to work on their computers, relax while reading or engage in intellectual conversations or a friendly match of chess.
Photo Credits: Madga Biernat and Charles de Vaivre