The Trade Desk Offices – Chicago

Infused with details to reflect the Chicago-region's character, The Trade Desk's new offices are unique to its location while also connected to the software company's global mission to create "media for humankind."

  • Client The Trade Desk,
  • size 25,000 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Chicago, Illinois, United States,
  • Industry Hardware / Software Development,
  • HOK created a hospitable, distinctly Midwest office space for advertising software company, The Trade Desk, located in Chicago, Illinois.

    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 reaching every workstation. Each employee has a powered sit-stand desk to encourage autonomy and maximize comfort. 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.

    Design: HOK
    Photography: Anthony Tahlier