Sarofsky Studio

Location Chicago, Illinois
Design Principal Tom Kundig
Design Lead Mark Olthoff

Completed in 2014, the 5,000 square foot creative production studio designed for Sarofsky reveals the original character and history of the working building located in Chicago’s West Loop, while meeting the needs of a contemporary creative office. In selecting this 1880s warehouse for its new headquarters, Sarofsky sought to preserve a balance of old and new by revealing the essence of the existing structure, yet restoring it to a degree that would allow for a comfortable and dynamic workspace.

To enliven what was once a dark, uninviting warehouse space, the original clerestory was restored and the roof bay at the rear of the building was removed to create a 750 square foot walled, open-air courtyard. The newly constructed wall’s glazing provides physical and visual access to the courtyard garden while helping to balance natural light levels throughout the space.

The spacious entry, reception and meeting area doubles as a studio for filming and photography, revealing the essence of Sarofsky’s work to visitors when they enter the space. The central spine of the building can be opened from the street to the courtyard garden for filming longer shots – the wide street doors and glass wall leading to the courtyard peel back, and the large wall at the studio entry rolls away entirely. The open-space design offers flexible work zones that facilitate communication and collaboration between team members. Open-plan offices with sliding steel doors flank the east side of the central open area while light-filled communal workstations fill the west.

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