Inland Steel Building – Chicago, IL
“I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of pure beauty. That the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying.” – Amelia Earhart
A landmark of “form follows function” modern architecture, this building’s structural columns are all on its perimeter, creating interior spaces that are completely flexible for design and construction within. Even the elevators are in their own separate tower. The only fixed material is the ubiquitous brushed stainless steel cladding. It is impossible to enter this space without experiencing an overwhelming feeling you are being lifted into the sky in an aircraft.
The designs for the restaurant, bar and theater/event/meeting flex space embrace that feeling, even going so far as splitting the levels of three spaces across two floors. Lights, furnishings, materials and fixtures lift everything and everyone skyward. A concept not only executable in this structure, but one that furthers the intent of the original architects, and brings the guests along for the ride.