The old Insurance Exchange building is an architectural masterpiece that merges the beauty of the past with today’s sophistication. LJC and Clayco collaborated to uphold the building’s excellence with a complete renovation and redesign of the entire lobby and circulation corridors, including elevator cabs. Additionally, the team redesigned the penthouse into an amenity-rich business center with conference rooms, a café, a game room, and a shared rooftop terrace.
The breathtaking lobby atrium sits at the base of twin 22-story light wells. Guests can enjoy the natural light and marvel at the vast, open pathways that provide a clear sightline to the top of the building. The lobby finishes consist of restored marble floors, bright plaster walls with classic champagne gold tones, leaf sculptures, and laser-cut panels borrowing from the exterior charm of the 1920s.
New smoke glass ceiling accents and a center-reflecting water feature add a contemporary and warm experience while reflecting the sky and the movement of employees walking through the concourse.
These renovations restore the glamor of the past with new contemporary clean, classic materials. Standing 22-stories tall and spanning an entire city block between Jackson and Van Buren, this building’s turn-of-the-century charm, combined with its modern infrastructure and amenities, establishes 175 W Jackson as one of the most attractive buildings in the southwest Loop.
LJC’s landscape team also designed a 4,000 SF rooftop terrace on the 22nd floor. Adjacent to the penthouse amenity floor, the rooftop area allows tenants access to a striking outdoor rooftop experience with incredible views of Chicago and the nearby Willis Tower. Long and rectangular, the rooftop is adaptable for different tenant uses with ample café seating for outdoor lunches, informal gathering areas with sectional seating and rocking Adirondack chairs, large tables for work meetings, and high-top tables for evening events.