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Vladimir Radutny Architects wraps Chicago housing block in corrugated steel

February 11, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
2016 W Rice housing in Chicago by Vladimir Radutny Architects

Vladimir Radutny Architects has created an apartment block at 2016 W Rice in Chicago that is clad in corrugated steel cladding broken by terraces. Containing eight apartments, the studio designed the block was to maximise the buildable area while creating homes that had natural light and outdoor spaces. “Tasked with maximising the buildable area, the

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Kwong Von Glinow offers an alternative to Chicago’s standard developer housing

February 1, 2021 Amy Frearson 0
Triangular trusses in Ardmore House by Kwong Von Glinow

Chicago studio Kwong Von Glinow has built Ardmore House to prove it’s possible to design a high-quality home for a standard city lot. Studio founders Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow acted as both architects and developers for this project, their first built work since founding their studio in 2017. Located on a standard residential

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Old industrial building in Chicago transformed into artist couple’s home and studios

December 14, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
A living area inside Facilty, Chicago, by Carlo Parente

Toronto architect Carlo Parente has renovated an old and dilapidated mason’s shop in Chicago to create a live and work space called Facility for artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust. Located at the intersection of two prominent streets in Irving Park, Facility restores and reuses several elements of the 1920’s industrial building, which is composed

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Residence for Two Collectors is an art-filled Chicago penthouse

November 7, 2020 Cajsa Carlson 0
Chainmail drapery at Residence for Two Collectors by Wheeler Kearns Architects

An extensive art collection is complemented by industrial detailing, a walnut floor and earthy, muted colours in this Chicago penthouse flat that local studio Wheeler Kearns Architects designed for two art collectors. Working together with Sharlene Young of Symbiotic Living, Wheeler Kearns Architects created the interior of Residence for Two Collectors for a couple who

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Studio Dwell stacks black volume onto brick structure to form top-heavy Hermitage Residence

May 31, 2020 Kristine Klein 0
Hermitage Residence by Studio Dwell

US architecture firm Studio Dwell has stacked a rectangular volume clad with black zinc on top of a pale brick structure to form this residence on a corner lot in Chicago. Hermitage Residence is located in the Bucktown neighbourhood of Chicago on a residential and commercial street. The clients, a professional couple, asked local firm

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“This is not a hospital” says architect behind conversion of McCormick Place

April 27, 2020 Eleanor Gibson 0
McCormick Place convention centre in Chicago

Convention centres that have been rapidly turned into facilities for coronavirus patients should not be called hospitals, says Doug King, the healthcare principal of Stantec, which has overseen the transformation of Chicago’s McCormick Place. Stantec worked with contractor Walsh Construction to turn three halls in the centre into an alternative care facility with 3000 beds.

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David Childs redesigns halted towers for Chicago Spire site

March 18, 2020 Kristine Klein 0
400 Lake Shore Drive by SOM

SOM’s David Childs has updated the design of a pair of towers proposed to occupy the site of Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire. The amended plans come over a year after Chicago vice mayor Brendan Reilly halted Childs’ proposal for the “sister skyscrapers” on 400 Lake Shore Drive. The redesign alters the height of the two

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John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library

October 15, 2019 Jenna McKnight 0

A spectrum of vivid hues were incorporated throughout a mixed-use building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects that contains a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The Independence Library and Apartments are located in the Irving Park district on the city’s Northwest Side. The area features a mix of historic and

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MASS Design Group builds glass memorial for victims of gun violence at Chicago Architecture Biennial

October 1, 2019 Eleanor Gibson 0
Gun Violence Memorial Project by MASS Design Group

The Gun Violence Memorial Project at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial is an installation of houses filled with items belonging to victims of gun violence. Architecture and design collective MASS Design Group created the exhibit with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, Chicago advocacy group Purpose Over Plain and Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that

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