A windowless and literally frozen cold-storage warehouse was transformed into luxury residential lofts. A key to its success was using the structure's unused capacity to support a contrasting six-story addition. This value-added feature and its clock tower have become an iconic landmark in Chicago's South Loop.
A non-profit temporary home for the families of children battling illness in nearby hospitals, the facility provides a peaceful setting in which families may cope and interact with each other. The scale of the building and the integration of architectural elements, including a large porch, bay windows, and gable roof forms, reflect the tranquility and traditional character of the surrounding neighborhood.
The renovation and conversion of Stanley Tigerman's award-winning Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to a commercial bank facility insured alterations sympathized with the building’s primary forms. The design of the drive-up canopy was derived from ‘“found” design attributes of the existing structure, in which curved forms and circles are a dominant theme.
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 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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