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Urban Placemaking

Pickard Chilton’s approach to the design of any project is driven by Eliel Saarinen’s conviction to, “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context—a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

We craft each element with the innate understanding that the interrelationships between the massing, materials, and interior and exterior spaces are ultimately experienced by people, and, as such, every facet should foster long-term well-being and enjoyment. Creating a more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts architecture, these environments support excellence in placemaking for communities, creating new communal opportunities, and raising expectations for quality in the built environment.

Pickard Chilton strives to create built environments that fully satisfy our client’s ambitions while exceeding the expectations of those who will live, visit, and work in and around our projects. We believe that buildings are not static and that they exist in dynamic environments inhabited by people. One of the lessons of building such projects is that the innovative ideas that emerge from the community can often give a building a flexible or defining feature that makes it both respond to and influence downtown development – resulting in a project that truly belongs to its community and city.

Each project tries to create within the greater urban context community-oriented public spaces that are human-scaled and teem with new vitality. Our deep experience and success in realizing these types of public spaces are exemplified in recently completed urban projects that include Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City; Eighth Avenue Place in Calgary; 609 Main in Houston; River Point and 300 North LaSalle in Chicago; 1180 Peachtree in Atlanta; CalPERS Headquarters Complex in Sacramento; and Global Gateway Shinagawa, currently under construction in Tokyo, Japan. 

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The most valuable core office projects to break ground over the past year.

For example, Mutual of Omaha contracted Kansas City, Missouri-based construction firm JE Dunn to build approximately 800,000 square feet of office, meeting, collaboration and amenity space, as well as a parking garage for its new 44-story headquarters tower in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this year. The contractor expects to finish the $495 million project in 2026.

Meanwhile, Providence, Rhode Island-based Gilbane and Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt will perform $500 million in interior and exterior renovations to the 540,000-square-foot Northwestern Mutual office tower in Milwaukee. The project will enhance the insurance company’s employee amenities and event spaces, as well as increase the usable square footage of the campus. It will also connect to a pedestrian plaza.

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Located on the 40th to the 45th floor of the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu ultra-skyscraper, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo offers magnificent city views. Reflecting the essence of Italian sophistication, the interior design expresses deep attention to detail. 98 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites offer a modern Italian style with touches of Japanese tradition.

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When designed properly, building lobbies can make a positive statement to the tenants. Here, occupants discover the ambiance, materials, and textures to expect throughout their experience within the building.

Pickard Chilton designed a feature stone wall to set the tone for the recently completed Avocet Tower and AC Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. The harmonious integration of natural wood and stone adds to the elegance and hospitality lobby.

Street view of the PG&E historic complex

Encompassing a full city block in downtown San Francisco between Market and Mission Street, the PG&E site comprises development components that include the 200 Mission office tower redevelopment, historic complex renovation and new 1.25-acre park to complete Hines’ vision. Upon completion, the reimagined projects will breathe new life into the entire transit-oriented block.

2+U is a Class-A office tower, envisioned as a first-of-its-kind urban Village, located in one of the most strategic locations in downtown Seattle.

Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

The RO has been master-planned as a best-in-class, urban, multi-use destination on a 740,000 gsf site near the affluent Greenway Plaza and River Oaks District

The aerial view of our concept design for Global Gateway Shinagawa, the redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station.

Envisioned as a new global hub connecting Tokyo to the world, Takanawa Gateway City represents the sustainable redevelopment of the northern portion of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station. 

Placemaking begins with the creation of a dynamic center that supports a diversity of uses, activities, and exchanges. It is envisioned as a place where people freely and openly congregate to enjoy a moment together. This communal gathering space is not qualified by a narrow nor simple definition and it is not limited to private or civic property, or even exterior as opposed to interior use. Perhaps, the most appropriate categorization for the quality of this space is “Public Realm”.  We will explore the origins and characteristics that create a successful public realm through the imagery of 2+U in Seattle, Washington. 


We are passionate about our clients, our work, and the positive impact of every building we design. If you have a difficult design challenge, contact us to create a solution that realizes your vision.