In 2019, the world’s largest Starbucks opened along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Billed as a “multi-sensory destination of epic proportions,” the Chicago Roastery occupies five stories of coffee paradise, inviting visitors to explore the journey of coffee making through related activities, hand-crafted beverages, baked goods and views from its roof deck.
Because of its focus on the craft of coffee production, every detail was carefully considered in the building’s design. Engineers selected Jaga’s Knockonwood Freestanding for its natural aesthetic and powerful heat. Situated in rooms with full glazing, the Knockonwood reacts quickly, accommodating to temperature fluctuations common in the cold Chicago climate and changes in occupancy.
Durability was another requirement for the job. Because units would be located within dining areas, they needed to be durable and withstand the pressure of someone standing on it.
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