When agency SapientNitro moved into the Inland Steel Building at 30 W. Monroe, the company enlisted architecture firm Gensler to navigate the tricky constraints of constructing in the midcentury modern building.
“Ceilings, blinds, light fixtures — you couldn’t change any of that stuff because it’s a landmark building. It’s all about having uniform exterior appearance,” says executive creative director John Carstens. “[Gensler was] in this building before, so they sort of knew what they were dealing with.”
Now, the agency’s 220 Chicago employees occupy the two-floor, 24,000 square foot buildout, which was completed about a year ago. Carstens took us for a tour.