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.
Our goal was to mend the urban fabric of this historic residential area by replacing a nondescript industrial warehouse with new housing. We chose to emulate the character and detail of adjacent buildings, and created a series of rowhouses that fit seamlessly into the 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 re-branding and renovation of the former Hotel 71 provided the opportunity to interface with the world’s largest hospitality group. The multi-million dollar redevelopment encompassed a complete renovation of the exterior entrance and ground floor, and added over 18,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space.
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 unique form of this mixed-use residential tower is derived from the interface between two angled ellipses that slide apart. This arrangement orients windows towards select view corridors, and enables a highly functional unit configuration while maintaining the building’s organic integrity. The tower is pursuing LEED® Gold 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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