Chicago Union Station, as envisioned by German architects, Graft, intends to treat the users of their transportation and commercial hub as both travelers and inhabitants.
Graft architects knew that travelers need to move efficiently while "inhabitants" (those who live in the city) would expect a comfortable location fit for their daily chores, so their challenge was to create a space that catered to both kinds of visitors.
Chicago Union Station by Graft meets this challenge with a flair for the uber-dramatic.
Implications - Commercial structures that can effectively accommodate multiple kinds of visitors are bound to attract a larger number of people and to make the most of the ones it gets. Buildings like this represent a harmonious balance between these two concerns and should serve as an example for other architectural firms to follow.