National Insurance Agency


Staking its claim to 45,000 square feet in the iconic Merchandise Mart building, this R&D Center for a national corporate office relocation to downtown Chicago aims to attract the newest, brightest talent to meet the evolving needs of its research and technology departments. Partners by Design’s implementation of a progressive, free-addressing office concept invites users to choose where and how they work, amplifying the energetic workspace. The space provides options for meeting and working, from fabric-wrapped alcoves to large video conference rooms. All have a residential feel in material palette, lighting, and furniture designs.

The “road trip” concept throughout the space sets the tone for the neighborhoods layout, with a color palette in the pantone of the season. The planning structure enhances movement and a town-center feel by “driving” employees and visitors in, through, and around “The Loop.” The Loop—also known as the lunchroom—is located at the heart of the space and boasts bleachers and reconfigurable seating for any type of meeting or presentation, allowing for a truly all-day, multi-use work-café. Access to coffee is a necessity at this office, and the café becomes its own form of social network, pulling people together.

Tom Harris Architectural Photography

  • Square Feet: 45,000

  • Location: Chicago, IL

  • Industry: Technology/Insurance

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