Six historic buildings that formerly housed a wholesale produce market were converted into 929 residential lofts, saving an important Chicago landmark and transforming the surrounding neighborhood. The winner of several awards, the project is noted for the meticulous restoration of historic terra cotta façades, innovative steel balconies and subtle additions that preserve the scale and character of the original buildings.
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 complex nature of this mixed-use development required the synergistic involvement of multiple architects, designers, contractors and the master developer to achieve a truly urban character and diversity.
This new modern high-rise is viewed as the catalyst for the emerging urban neighborhood ‘Kakaako', in downtown Honolulu. The tower is distinguished by a full height iconic architectural element that ties the grade level entry canopy to a projecting cornice, thereby unifying the overall composition while reinforcing the residential character and identity of the building.
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.
The elegant form of the tower is created by the building’s offset massing, enabling efficient floor plans, light-filled public corridors, and six corner units per floor. The final component in the large-scale residential development known as K Station, the building attained LEED® Silver 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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