Technically, it’s called The Porch. But considering that the five-story, 6,000-square-foot terrace to be incorporated into an 18-story office building at 330 North Green Street will be bigger than a regulation NBA basketball court, a better nickname might be the Grandstand or the Amphitheater. Maybe even the Park.
The architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill had contemporary design trends, not a virus, in mind when it designed the West Town high-rise, expected to open next year, for Sterling Bay. But the Porch may incidentally herald the future — or at least a future — of post-COVID commercial offices in Chicago.