This ambitious redevelopment converted the top ten floors of a Chicago office tower into luxury condominiums. The building’s multi-core layout made it ideal to provide individual identity to both residential and office usage. Among the redevelopment’s most striking design achievements is the successful incorporation of residential elements, such as private balconies, into the facade without disturbing its minimalist aesthetic.
We are adaptable.
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.
We are advocates.
This residential conversion revives an iconic travertine and glass office tower designed in 1971 by Minoru Yamasaki for Montgomery Ward and Company. A complete curtain wall replacement preserves the original design while satisfying contemporary energy efficiency and natural ventilation needs.
We are caretakers.
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.
We are collaborators.
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.
We are global.
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.
We are pioneering.
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.
We are placemakers.
Close to Lake Michigan, this renovation of a historic Chicago apartment block has created a new standard for livability and quality public senior housing. It also has achieved LEED Platinum certification.
We are sustainable.
Situated on the former site of the Cabrini Green housing project, this mixed-income development applies a modernist language to the traditional row house format in a way that maintains the neighborhood scale while seamlessly blending low-income and affordable housing units together.
We are urban.
We are architects. As architects, we excel at all of these things at once and more. We embody our profession in the largest sense, as planners, strategists, thinkers, builders and achievers. In each of our projects, we believe architecture must also be many things: practically considered, carefully crafted, thoughtfully connected, and beautifully designed. Our diversity, our history, our experience, our passion, our creativity and our vision all supply us with the unique capacity to design extraordinary buildings and thriving communities.
We are architects.