Prairie Management Group

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Prairie Management Group | Notes of Interest

Executive investment offices for a retired design entrepreneur, the founder of a national home furnishings retailer, provided the opportunity to leverage the client’s passion for clean, bold modern design into a dramatic, light-filled investment office environment showcasing the client’s extensive glass and ceramic art collection.

Inserted into a single-story, speculative office suite, the 7,500 sf facility is organized around three compositional elements: the colonnade, created by the building’s exposed structural steel columns and central ridge beam; full-height glass screen walls; and a custom maple “pavilion.”

The simple, classic interior composition of thin glass frames and bold, clear millwork forms rendered in a timeless color palette—all awash in natural light—creates a platform in which the appreciation of fine art, design, and nature enables a pioneering entrepreneur to continue his lifelong passion for creating business value through design.

Additional Credit

General Contractor: Pepper Construction
Engineer: Cartland Kraus Engineering, Ltd; The Structural Group
Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

Photo Credit

© Michelle Litvin
© Goettsch Partners

Prairie Management Group

  • Architect: Goettsch Partners
  • Owner: Prairie Management Group
  • Location: Northbrook, Illinois

Jury Comments

Small and well-executed, this project is quiet, restrained, and sophisticated with a straight-forward manner towards both the composition and detail that reinforces the larger concept.

Standing in contrast to the natural prairie grass outside, the design effectively organizes the plan around a central armature inducing the glass screen walls to both modulate the plan and effectively provide light and views to the meadow beyond.

2012 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture Jury

  • Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, Chair
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  • Erick S. Ragni, AIA
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