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.
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.
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 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 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.
As the high-density, mixed-use focus of the 1,100-acre redevelopment of an abandoned naval air station, the Glen Town Center is designed to evoke and reinterpret the classic, main street shopping districts of nearby Lake Forest and Winnetka.
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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