CHICAGO—All companies are concerned with how they are perceived, but for architecture and design firms, the buildings and offices they occupy play a special role in defining how potential clients view them. It was for that reason that when the Chicago office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will recently decided to leave Mies van der Rohe’s iconic 330 N. Wabash Ave., formerly known as the IBM Building, it chose to occupy the top floors in the North Tower of the historic Wrigley Building. The firm has just signed a long-term lease and by early 2016 will transform the space into a 60,440 square-foot showcase for its ideas on office design, complete with a roof terrace that can host community events and provide an outdoor gathering and working space for employees.

“It was important for Perkins+Will to find a building that had an iconic feel similar to the IBM Building,” Bob Chodos, a principal with Colliers International, Inc. who represented the firm, tells “The Wrigley Building has the cachet they were looking for. It shows they’re committed to great architecture.”

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