This ambitious redevelopment converted the top ten floors of a Chicago office tower into luxury condominiums. The building’s multi-core layout made it ideal to provide individual identity to both residential and office usage. Among the redevelopment’s most striking design achievements is the successful incorporation of residential elements, such as private balconies, into the facade without disturbing its minimalist aesthetic.
The building’s “active design” and colorful articulation echo the progressive ideology on which the school’s learning approach is based. Highly efficient floor plans and the interconnection of interior and exterior space provide a flexible environment that encourages individual and social engagement at multiple levels.
Designed for office usage and completed in 1893, Old Colony was the tallest building in Chicago at the time of construction. The redevelopment to student apartment-style residences was crafted to take advantage of surviving historic components, including marble clad walls, interior glazed office partitions, ornate trim, mosaic floors, and precast “scagliola” plaster.
The adaptive re-use of an existing bowstring truss building for the office and studio of a preeminent toy designer playfully mimics the studio’s creative function. The design’s whimsical spatial arrangement and eclectic mix of elements and finishes bespeaks the unique synergy between client and architect.
This slender residential tower has a form derived from a pair of curved planes, one oriented towards the city center for Amman, Jordan to the southwest and the other to the northern mountains. Punctuated by an array of recessed balconies, these glassy facades create a sculptural form, standing out as an iconic structure within the more traditional urban fabric.
The extensive renovation and residential conversion of the seven-story, Victorian-era piano factory included the addition of a brightly colored steel superstructure, serving as a framework for exterior terraces on its north side, and a new enclosed parking garage. On the interior, several of the custom designed interiors utilize "house-like" pavilions in place of walls or partitions to shelter specific private functions and break up ballroom-sized areas. Throughout all of the spaces, air conditioning and heating ducts are exposed, which like the wooden columns of the old factory, serve to continually remind the viewer of the industrial origins of the building.
Museum Park at Central Station is situated within a former rail yard and warehouse district bordering Chicago’s Museum Campus, Lake Michigan, and historic Grant Park. The area provided a unique opportunity to create a new urban infrastructure that responded to the rich historic context of the Museum Campus while providing a springboard from which it could transition towards a modern architectural language.
Close to Lake Michigan, this renovation of a historic Chicago apartment block has created a new standard for livability and quality public senior housing. It also has achieved LEED Platinum certification.
Creative site planning integrates elements of an industrial past and abandoned freight line to foster a unique solution to this urban infill development. Its innovative use of zero lot line planning and inviting courtyard spaces creates a residential identity that fully engages its location.
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