The Chicago offices of the Swiss Consulate pull disparate influences into a cohesive, congenial whole

When Simon Hartmann, a principal and founding partner of HHF Architects in Basel, Switzerland, was approached about designing the Chicago offices of the Swiss Consulate, he already had his hands full. The commission, while prestigious, was modest and didn’t warrant the distraction. But rather than turn down the job, Hartmann suggested that HHF split the design work with a Chicago firm of its choosing.

“We were ecstatic to get the email about joining the project,” recalled Alison Von Glinow, who, with her husband, Lap Chi, founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in 2017. That same year, the couple had met Hartmann at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, to which HHF

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