The Franklin

Chicago, IL 

Originally designed as a series of connected decorative rooms with large, closely-spaced view-obstructing columns, the lobby serves more than 20,000 people daily, and is used as a connector between three streets, and a gateway to access two prominent office high-rise towers.


The makeover of this 1990s lobby was to attract new tenants and ultimately enhance the long term value of the asset for Tishman Speyer, the building’s owner and operator. 


To reposition the lobby, a phased, occupied renovation was implemented. The plan incorporated material preservation and smart energy-reduction. Light and its modulation was enhanced as the primary element to create a cohesive experience.

Photography: Steve Hall / Hall Merrick


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