Ermenegildo Zegna hired Kurzman Architecture as their local architect of record to represent them with the local Urban Design and Signage Committee for Michigan Avenue, as well as to create contract documents from their design development drawings and gain local permitting and administer the bid and construction for this flagship location. The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (now the Magnificent Mile Association) requested a design to match the detailing of the adjacent Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo stores. The exterior design presented was of Zegna’s Hong Kong store which had fritted glass with horizontal LED lights of a greater magnitude than desired by the association and allowed by the current energy code. With only 340 watts of power (2 watts per square foot of store frontage is allowed) the design was achieved with the LED strip lights that was put on a dimmer system as requested by the association to control the light levels on this premier shopping street.
The interiors included expansion of their current store occupying the first floor and basement to include the newly leased second floor. This included a new decorative stair with structural glass railings requiring and extending their existing elevator to the 2nd floor where both required new structural floor openings in the 2nd floor. All permits were processed through the City of Chicago Self-Certification permit program in which Randall Kurzman is a registered provider.
Contractor: Shawmut Construction, Boston and New York
Exterior Façade Consultant: Integral Consulting, Chicago, Illinois
Ermenegildo Zegna Project Manager: Carmelina Santoro
Ermenegildo Zegna Coordinator of Design: Manuela Andreani