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Willis Tower 8th Floor Spec Suite, EQ Office
Chicago, IL
Activated workplace.
Celebrating history while planning ahead.
Adapting in style
Located in Chicago’s historic Willis Tower, the HED team was tasked with the development of a new spec suite designed to anchor the Willis campus and attract new tenants to Chicago’s downtown core. HED’s solution was the creation of an entirely new flexible office suite designed to enhance the tenant experience, while quickly adapting as needs and work modes change. The new suite occupies a full floor of the tower and features a ‘kit of parts’ design, integrating conferencing, collaboration, open office, and focus environments.

Through the elimination of internal corridors, focus and huddle rooms were shifted to the interior, opening the floorplate and maximizing views and access to natural light throughout. The result is an activated workplace environment created through a unique juxtaposition of the suite’s conferencing, collaboration, and social areas. Combining this ‘kit of parts’ approach with the unique architectural character of Willis Tower allowed this suite to establish a new standard for flexible office environments.
To bring employees back to the office, this space pulls inspiration from community and hospitality design, featuring a café, open collaboration spaces, glass fronts and doors, and open sight lines.
Flexibility was paramount to the design, which features a myriad of room types to accommodate multiple methods of working (phone booths, huddle spaces, conference rooms), and open sightlines to the cityscape at every location in the spec suite. These features are intended to impress potential tenants and give the entire space an open, community-like experience.
People are used to working from a home environment coming out of the pandemic which makes it important in office design to not only consider new methods of work, but employee wellness, comfort and collaboration. That’s what makes this spec suite for Willis Tower so unique: the design plays into hospitality and community elements to create that home away from home feel and encourage employee collaboration and togetherness.”
Leonora Georgeoglou
Principal | Workplace Sector Leader
Celebrating history while planning ahead.
Willis Tower 8th Floor Spec Suite, EQ Office
Chicago, IL
Activated workplace.