Balyasny Asset Management


Chicago, IL

Programming, Interiors

BAM’s new Chicago office takes cues from BAM’s recently completed offices in San Francisco and New York City and expands on BAM’s commitment to promote better connectivity between groups and personnel that had traditionally been separated by walls and private offices.

Two arching corridors running north/south relate to the curved geometry of the building and create circulation between office, conference and amenity spaces. The east corridor interconnects the reception and conferencing spaces which all feature dramatic views of the Chicago Skyline. The west corridor connects inner office work spaces with lounge and office space creating spaces for employees to work and meet, in both formal and casual settings. At the south end of the two corridors, the corridors are connected by a large café and pantry to accommodate BAM’s social culture.


An interconnecting feature stair connects BAM’s 49th Floor Lounge and Juice Bar with the 50th Floor Reception with a simple steel stringer and glass guard rails to create a clean architectural experience that focuses on the two story view of the Chicago skyline.

The team stayed consistent with a clean modern aesthetic to BAM’s other workplaces, while using a new set of finishes and materials that better suited the light and glassy feel of the building BAM would call home. BAM’s Library, Lounge and Café spaces are all outfitted with simplistic modern furniture that complement the design of the space. Along with the furniture, BAM and VDTA have paid close attention to art placement and lighting on the corridor gallery walls to give the space a comfortable feel for employees and guests alike.