Studio and corporate headquarters building. Photography: ©Hedrich Blessing

Harpo Studios

Chicago, Illinois

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Area: 100,000 s.f. headquarters/studio building plus renovations at newly acquired properties

Awards: Chicago Building Congress Certificate of Honor, American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention

Site & Program: This multi-building site is located on Chicago’s near west side. The original headquarters/studio building is an adaptive reuse project that included the installation of advanced production facilities into 1920s-era studio buildings. It is best known as home to the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Design: Nagle Hartray led a team of twenty consultants to convert old and poorly maintained buildings into state of the art production facilities. This conversion helped revitalize a suffering urban neighborhood.

Heat generated by specialty lighting systems together with the need for acoustic isolation placed unusual demands on the design of mechanical systems and the exterior closure. Exterior design recalls the art deco of nearby buildings and the golden age of movie production. A glass block corner and reveals embedded in the wall surface give definition and scale to what is by necessity a windowless building.

Following the completion of the original building, Nagle Hartray continued to furnish design services to this dynamic organization as they improved the quality and scope of their productions, including renovations to newly acquired properties.

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