Communicating its sense of belonging through timeless architecture and sensitive, ingenious site development, 448 N. LaSalle is undoubtedly striking and a natural addition to Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood.
A thoughtfully designed project in any environment respects its site and surroundings while making a statement of its unique identity. This holds true for a new Boutique Class A Office Building in Chicago, a remarkable mixed use, 175,000 SF structure at the corner of N. LaSalle and Illinois. Communicating its sense of belonging through timeless architecture and sensitive, ingenious site development, Lamar Johnson Collaborative’s new structure at 448 N. LaSalle is certainly striking, yet it is a natural addition to Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood.
Nestled on two sides to a landmarked three-story building, 448 N. LaSalle respects River North’s past and cheers its future. LJC’s glass and metal design reflects figurative and literal views beyond its physical presence. With twelve floors and an amenities deck, 448 N. LaSalle welcomes tenants and visitors through its stylish entry beneath a dramatic partially cantilevered overhang on the east elevation. The 7,300 SF entry is a smart concierge space for transit-served tenants, with options for convenient retail services within the handsome, efficient interior. Rising above, the exterior of striking charcoal-black mullions and 2’ spandrel define a sleek, confident structure. Nearly floor-to-ceiling glass provides abundant daylight and expansive views, bringing energy and delight to the interior.
The benefits of LJC’s planning development are apparent, as challenges were projected and solved pre-construction. 3D modeling and renderings depicted site development solutions, interior spatial relationships, and all manner of details so successfully that they appear to be photographic images of the completed building. Extensive planning ensured that interior sightlines were maximized and appropriate access to city streets and alleyways was accommodated.
Lamar Johnson Collaborative delivered a remarkable building with an exceptionally well-planned, secure, and positive workplace environment for post-pandemic and onward. Thoughtful architecture and design, efficient floorplates, and building amenities specifically planned for the health, safety, and enjoyment of the occupants abound at 448 N. LaSalle in Chicago’s River North.
Taking cues from the neighborhood’s eclectic art and entertainment community, the interior concept for 448 N. LaSalle is stylish and urban, open and loft-like. Exposed concrete slab ceilings and floors are bold and natural. Chiseled and polished with care and intention, they embody the harmonious aesthetic. Interior circulation stairs exemplify the complementary approach with chic light fixtures and upscale touches in this typically utilitarian service area. Besides providing ease and comfort of use for occupants of a multi-floor space, this bright, attractive design allows tenant owners to postpone or entirely forgo the expense of private interior connecting staircases.
The retail and concierge entry level is appointed in metal, concrete, and steel. The modern urban aesthetic is carried into common spaces on tenant floors and makes its most sophisticated impact on the rooftop amenities deck. There, tenants are treated to a private lounge, quiet room, top-notch fitness center, and an attractively furnished penthouse great room with a warming kitchen. Best of all, an outstanding open-air deck with windscreens is perfect for taking in stunning views of the city and Lake Michigan.
448 N. LaSalle is Fitwel Certified. Long before the pandemic was a factor, LJC planned and designed the project to support a new level of wellness in the workplace, with features that contribute to the occupant’s health and productivity. From an employer’s standpoint, the factors that earn Fitwel Certification can improve candidate recruitment, employee performance, and talent retention. LJC’s expertise in workplace productivity, health, and wellbeing inspired features that support touchless functionality, intuitive egress and circulation, and wireless access to building services. Technological solutions address real-world safety and security aspects.