Location: Chicago, IL
Size: 48 SQ FT
Completion: September 2013
Client: Onward Coworking
Award: AIA Chicago Small Projects Citation of Merit
Sharing office space offers entrepreneurs an inexpensive way to build their start-ups with all the conveniences of their more established competitors. Shared offices are growing in popularity. Generically called coworking offices, they provide meeting rooms, group workspaces, private offices, high-speed Internet and the business equipment that all start-ups need. However, coworking offices don’t typically provide potential clients who visit any inkling that the start-up they want is indeed located within that shared office environment. A simply designed, dynamic wall changes that.
A versatile display at Onward Coworking in Chicago gives even the smallest business the means to prominently feature their logo in the reception area. The wall design consists of interchangeable boxes that can be pulled out and replaced as Onward Coworking’s tenants change. Logo decals are affixed to the boxes, and the boxes are inserted into the display. As Onward Coworking’s tenants move in or move on, boxes can be removed and replaced with a new box that’s ready for another tenant’s logo.
The boxes are laser cut from typical mat board, which keeps the system lightweight. The boxes are folded into shape like a gift box, which keeps the cost of replacing boxes low. The boxes are held into place through strategically placed wooden pegs and a diagonal shift in the pattern, which together provide a tight fit for each box. The wall was designed, fabricated and installed by the architects when it was a tenant at Onward Coworking.