Architectural firm Pickard Chilton in collaboration with real estate firm Hines has unveiled the design of its new 32-storey office tower and common space, named as the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Designed for the mutual company Northwestern Mutual, the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons consists of 1.1 million gross-square-feet of space.
The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons features a two-block long Commons that integrates with the company’s 1914 headquarters.
Creating a modern work environment, the design includes a near column-free flexible office space, underfloor air and floor-to-ceiling glass.
Additionally, it includes meeting areas, training facilities, dining, and public spaces overlooking the new three-acre Northwestern Mutual Gardens.
The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons is designed to achieve USGBC LEED-NC certification.
Hines senior managing director Tom D’Arcy said, "The Commons will be a new vibrant pedestrian destination where employees and the community can enjoy the new gardens and connect to the city’s lakefront."
"Positioned at the eastern end of the campus, the Tower’s form curves gently to the south embracing the gardens and maximising panoramic views to the lake. The Tower culminates in a crisp prow, marking the new building’s dynamic position at the city edge looking out over Lake Michigan and its numerous parks," said Tom D’Arcy.
At street level, the project also includes the Northwestern Mutual visitor center and a café. A new six-storey, skylit atrium will integrate the historic headquarters with the new Commons.
Construction on the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons will start in 2014 and will be completed in 2017.
Image: Rendering of Northwestern Mutual Tower in Milwaukee skyline (c)Studio AMD. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire.