When one of the “Big Four” networks of firms offering audit, tax and advisory services reinforced its commitment to Chicago with a new headquarters, the global giant sought a design providing social, collaborative and personal space while optimizing real estate to control costs. Designed by Perkins+Will, the result features a mix of open and private meeting areas combined with advanced technology on six floors and a mezzanine.
In developing and installing brand elements for the project, Xibitz employed artistry and dynamism via many custom elements.
Examples in the mezzanine include a frosted vinyl pattern applied to existing glass windows; a similar technique on entry doors, with a direct-printed clear vinyl logo plot cut to match the profile; and three ceiling “hoop” graphic scrims (of translucent fabric allowing image visibility on both sides) with low-profile tensioning hardware.
For corridor anchor light boxes, Xibitz produced custom graphic applications to fit supplied niches, and mounted a white translucent polycarbonate panel (with direct-printed graphics) between the glass face and back light source.
Noteworthy techniques in the Conference Center include back-painted glass; custom-layered graphics applied to existing surfaces; panels with recessed text installed to appear as if part of the wall surface; and glass panels which float in front of the wall and connect at the floor via a low-profile channel.
Xibitz also provided elevator lobby signage, including a 3-D logo consisting of two layers of white painted acrylic mounted together to provide depth, applied to an existing glass panel on site.