In The Good Office, the bridge is gapped between the working world and the environment, offering innovative ideas for sustainable office buildings, with examples from around the world. This book shows how by being respectful to the environment, offices can benefit from increased sunlight, better air quality, and eco-friendly building materials, creating a more positive space for both the environment and the worker.
With beautiful full-color photographs and detailed drawings and plans throughout, The Good Office is a thorough exploration of the innovative work being done by the world's most visionary architects, and reveals that good design and green design are one and the same.
Marshall Field built the largest department store in the world at the time, and his architect Daniel Burnham, following Field's dictum "dazzle the customer with opulence," created a store unmatched in elegance.
Influenced by the Florentine palazzi of the Renaissance, Beaux-Arts monumentalism, and the Chicago School, the exterior of Marshal Field's radiated a luxury that only hinted at the elegance inside. An extravagantly beautiful Louis Tiffany tesserae dome poured light onto all who entered; a soaring balcony allowed women to see and be seen. Field's was as close to a temple of commerce as any building has ever come.
Jay Pridmore is an architectural historian who has written widely about the people and ideas behind the building of Chicago. His 1993 book Chicago Architecture and Design, coauthored with George Larson, is one of the city's most popular books about local architecture.
The nation's largest retailer wanted the largest headquarters in the nation, and they got it. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the 110-story anodized aluminum-clad Sears Tower occupies three acres. The bundled-tube construction allowed for more windows and more corner offices per square foot. The total area within the Tower is 4.4 million square feet; the Sky Deck on the 103rd floor offers tremendous views and welcomes more than 1 million visitors yearly.
A Chicago Tradition: Marshall Field's Food and Fashion explores a retail icon's gustatory and fashion sense. How the original tearoom came about; how and why Mrs. Hering, a millinery salesclerk, got a menu item named after her; and just what makes Frango Mints so special are explained. Five of Field's all-time favorite recipes are shared with the reader; gorgeous photographs give us a glimpse of dining in days gone by. Also discussed and illustrated are some unique fashion firsts from Field's: first bridal registry, first men's store, first boutique. Take an intimate tour of one of the few remaining department stores totally devoted to quality and the customer, and sample a bit of Chicago history along the way.
Praised in 1888 as the largest and finest office building in the country--all eleven stories--The Rookery featured both masonry load-bearing walls and skeletal frame construction. Architect John Wellborn Root lavished exquisite care on The Rookery, built on the site of the former City Hall and named after its dirty pigeons and corrupt politicians. Frank Lloyd Wright modernized The Rookery in 1905, changing the light fixtures and covering old dark iron surfaces with incised Carrara marble. Today The Rookery stands as a first-class office building. By Jay Pridmore, photographs by Hedrich Blessing. Published with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Daniel H. Burnham & Co.'s glass-covered Reliance Building, built in 1890-1891 and then extended to fifteen stories in 1895, is a granddaddy of today's skyscrapers. The enormous flat and projecting bay windows invited abundant natural light, and the steel-frame structure, covered with twelve thousand pieces of white terra-cotta decorated with Gothic-style elements, was unique in office building construction. By Jay Pridmore, photographs by Hedrich Blessing. Published with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.