THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO MUSEUM CAFE
The Art Institute of Chicago features a highly publicized, architectural award-winning restaurant, Terzo Piano, in the Modern Art Wing. I had the task of differentiating the ground floor cafe in the Historic Wing from Terzo Piano, while simultaneously addressing the challenge of navigating and directing visitors to the cafe entrance. I came up with various concepts and a final design solution to make this indirect path of travel both a delightful and memorable experience.
AIC Museum Cafe
Client: Bon Appetit Management
Architectural Firm: EDG
Year Constructed: 2012
Role: Interior Designer
Differentiate the cafe in the Modern Wing from the well-known Terzo Piano restaurant in the Historic Wing.
Give visitors visual cues that guide them along an indirect route from the Main floor to the cafe entrance on the ground floor.
Design with appropriate clearances and material selections to ensure the cafe meets ergonomic criteria, ADA, fire and safety building codes and health codes.
Areas of Opportunity
Create a memorable and engaging user experience through unique wayfinding.
Select appropriate materials, fixtures and furnishings that align with the museum's brand.
Reward members for their patronage by featuring a VIP lounge with exclusive member access.