Architecture | Hospitality and Residential |

GT Prime

Boka Restaurant Group | Chicago | 2016

While many restaurants forgo lighting design due to budget constraints, Boka consistently make it a high priority.

What It Was

GT Prime is a modern interpretation of the classic Chicago steakhouse. Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, this is our sixth collaboration with Boka Restaurant Group, our third project with Interior Designer Studio K Creative, and our second restaurant with chef Giuseppe Tentori.

What We Did

While many restaurants forgo lighting design due to budget constraints, Boka consistently make it a high priority. At GT Prime, we were challenged with balancing functional illumination – such as for reading the menu and seeing the amazing food – with decorative lighting that works in tandem with a distinctive interior design strategy emphasizing comfort and warmth, accented lavish finishes and rich tones. Our lighting choices for GT Prime were primarily LED sources, which are not only highly efficient and sustainable, but also flexible and controllable. Down lights use visually pleasing ‘warm dim’ technology allowing the light to warm in color as it dims, echoing the familiar characteristics of incandescent lighting. Fixtures are wirelessly controlled and color tunable, which allowed us to balance the space and feature multiple finishes while managing and controlling every lamp independently. User friendly and flexible controls allow the restaurant staff to preset multiple lighting settings, each carefully programmed with slow, smooth transitions to minimize distraction to restaurant patrons.

Why It Worked

Because Boka is a long-time client and partner, we understood their end goals and desires from day one and were able to exceed their expectations while overcoming a challenging schedule. GT Prime is a smash hit in the ever expanding Boka family of restaurants, and our lighting solution balances the theater of the dining experience with truly functional and responsible restaurant design. We were proud when the Chicago Tribune complimented GT Prime for being ‘dramatically lit’!