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The Trade Desk Chicago Office

Chicago, Illinois

The team created a hospitable, distinctly Midwest office space for the advertising software company’s 160-plus Chicago-based people.

Organic, natural and industrial materials including reclaimed wood, leather details and raw metals give the impression of a comfortable, lived-in space filled with pieces collected over time. Light fixtures, casual furniture, themed conference rooms and large-scale graphics punctuate the space. Working with Chicago-based artists with disabilities or who have experienced homelessness, the design team incorporated quirky, curated art pieces that reflect the region’s character.

The 25,000-sq.-ft. office is centered around a social and entertaining space for office-wide gatherings, weekly town halls and shared meals in the building’s northeast corner. A 35-foot island encourages informal conversations and communicates the organization’s focus on community. Long farm tables with collected chairs facilitate family-style meals. A large pantry provides the office space for food prep and storage. The social hub has expansive views of the Chicago skyline and is strategically separated from reception for increased privacy.

The Trade Desk prioritized the health and wellness of its employees in the new office. HOK designed the space to provide an abundance of daylight at every workstation. To encourage autonomy and maximize comfort, each employee has a powered sit-stand desk. Biophilic design elements and live plants throughout the space connect employees to nature.

HOK’s long-term relationship with The Trade Desk includes projects in multiple office locations in California.

25,000 sq. ft. / 2,320 sq. m.
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