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 Chicago neighborhood with several vacant parcels is revitalized through the construction of sensitively-scaled and carefully-designed infill housing. Nineteen new buildings preserve the spirit and historic character of the area through a well-established palette of brick and stone, expressed in both traditional and contemporary forms.
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 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 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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