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Back of the Yards High School in Chicago, Illinois by STL Architects

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Article source: STL Architects 

This urban high school is organized into three thematic components: body, mind and spirit, that relate to the various programs and activities within the school that compose the curriculum. The site is zoned according to these thematic areas and bars are created, housing the athletics (body), the academy classrooms and teaching spaces (mind), and the library, arts and music (spirit). The bars slide against each other to create outdoor spaces on the site, programmed for specific activities that work in conjunction with the buildings—entry courtyard, athletics fields, and reading garden. The three volumes (body, mind, and spirit) that comprise the school are created by one continuous wall that snakes back and forth through the site.



  • Architects: STL Architects 
  • Project: Back of the Yards High School
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • YEAR : Design: July 09 – Mar 10 | Construction: Opening Summer 2013
  • Architect of Record: STL Architects
  • PBC’s Prototype Design Architect: John Ronan Architects
  • Architecture/Interiors Consulting: ODA Architecture
  • Structural: Matrix Engineering
  • Civil: Prism Engineering
  • Landscape: Jacobs/Ryan Associates
  • Accoustical & A/V: Kirkegaard Associates
  • SIZE : 215,000 SF
  • COST : $ 70.0 M


Lucent in Chicago, Illinois by Wolfgang Buttress

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Article source: Wolfgang Buttress

Lucent is a newly unveiled sculpture by UK artist Wolfgang Buttress, created as part of the lobby refurbishment of the iconic John Hancock Center, Chicago, USA.

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Buttress

Image Courtesy © Wolfgang Buttress

  • Architects: Wolfgang Buttress
  • Project: Lucent
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US State
  • Client : Hearn
  • Artist : Wolfgang Buttress
  • Scientist: Dr. Daniel Bayliss
  • Fabricators: Vector Custom Fabricating
  • Glass Blower: Ignite Glass Studios
  • Lighting Supplier: Universal Fibre Optics
  • Curator : Susan Aurinko


AMBIENT LIGHT in Chicago, Illinois by Guillaume Mazars Architecture

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Article source: Guillaume Mazars Architecture

Project for a kiosk on the lakefront of Chicago.  Waterfronts are special places. A meeting point between earth and sea, the horizon is exposed. More than elsewhere the sky is present, it illuminates and color permeates the place. The project aims to exacerbate this feeling by framing the views and accentuating the light of the moment.

EXTERIOR VIEW_LIBRARY- BOOK SHOP, Image Courtesy © Guillaume Mazars Architecture

EXTERIOR VIEW_LIBRARY- BOOK SHOP, Image Courtesy © Guillaume Mazars Architecture

  • Architects: Guillaume Mazars Architecture
  • Project: AMBIENT LIGHT
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois


Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Pavilion by Latitude Studio

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: Latitude Studio

Metal Maple

LATITUDE’s pavilion proposal for the Chicago Architectural Biennial is a multifunctional space featured with a few key elements: a platform to elevate the pavilion one foot above street level; a cantilever roof to create an expressive space together with aluminum leaves; and a movable wall to adjust the size of the enclosed area.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

  • Architects: Latitude Studio
  • Project: Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Pavilion
  • Location: Chicago, USA


Intrinsic School in Chicago,Illinois by Wheeler Kearns Architects

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Article source: Wheeler Kearns Architects 

By converting a former lumberyard into a visually accessible school, Intrinsic School provides a model for the adaptive reuse of unorthodox structures into functional learning environments.

Image Courtesy © Steve Hall - Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects
  • Project: Intrinsic School
  • Location: Chicago,Illinois  
  • Photography: Steve Hall – Hedrich Blessing
  • Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architects
  • MEP Engineer: McGuire Engineers, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Enspect Engineering
  • Civil Engineer: Terra Engineering
  • Acoustical Consultant: Threshold Acoustics
  • General Contractor: Clune Construction Co.
  • Date of Completion: 8/22/2014


Flexhouse in Chicago, Illinois by Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Article source: Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

This 8-unit townhouse development occupies a well located site in the emerging Logan Square neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago, just two blocks from a major train station. The open floor plans and flexibility of the interiors reflect a sense of simplicity and respond to the needs of contemporary living. The exterior strategy uses fiber cement lap siding and large metal window projections in a composition that retains a sense of a coherent urban block while marking each home as unique.

Image Courtesy © Ranquist Development Group

  • Architects: Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson
  • Project: Flexhouse
  • Location: 2801 – 2815 W Shakespeare Avenue Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Photography: Ranquist Development Group
  • Dates: 2013
  • Project Phase: Concept Design
  • Client: Ranquist Development Group / Zev Group
  • Design Architect: Interface Studio Architects, Philadelphia, PA
  • Project Architect: Sullivan Goulette& Wilson, Chicago, IL
  • Structural Engineers: SP Engineers, Chicago, IL
  • General Contractor: John James Construction, Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Area (if applicable): 13,000 SF (approx)

WMS Boathouse at Clark Park in Chicago, Illinois by Studio Gang Architects

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects (SGA) is pleased to announce the completion of the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park along the north branch of the Chicago River. Designed and built by SGA, the state-of-the-art facility opened to the public on October 19, 2013. It is located at 3400 North Rockwell Avenue on the northwest side of the City of Chicago.

Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects (John Castro, Juan de la Mora, Jay Hoffman, Wei-Ju Lai, Angela Peckham, Christopher, Vant Hoff, Michan, Walker, Todd Zima)
  • Project: WMS Boathouse at Clark Park
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Photography: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing
  • OWNER: Chicago Park District
  • STATUS: Completed 2013 (Grand Opening October 19)
  • BUDGET: $8.8 million
  • SIZE: 22,600 sf
  • REVEALED: The Art Institute of Chicago solo exhibition
  • Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects

Natural Resources Defense Council Office in Chicago by Studio Gang Architects

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Receives World’s First Living Building Challenge Certification for Tenant Retrofit

Studio Gang Architects announces the completion of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s new Midwest Office, a project that raises the bar for sustainable spaces in Chicago and across the nation. In addition to its LEED Platinum rating, the new NRDC office is the first project of its kind to meet the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous certification program that exceeds the environmental standards of the LEED system.

Image Courtesy © Studio Gang Architects

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects
  • Project: Natural Resources Defense Council Office
  • Location: Chicago, United States
  • Software used: AutoCAD & Adobe Creative Suite

United Continental Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The project for this 50-storey office block sought to favour the possibility of a panoramic view over the city, so that there is an evident predominance of glass on the façade while nevertheless avoiding the formulaic glass tower of arbitrary forms. The existence of the American tradition of skyscraper construction, with some especially attractive examples inChicago, suggested the need to reestablish a dialogue between the classicism of stone and the high-tech of glass.

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura
  • Project: United Continental Headquarters
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • BRIEF: 50 storey offices building
  • CLIENT: The Prime Group, Inc.
  • PROJECT TEAM: Rogelio Jiménez, Nabil Gholam, Rodrigo Bilbao, John Oleksak, Zoran Balog
  • ASSOCIATED ARCHITECT: De Stefano/Goetsch Ltd.
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Cohen-Barreto-Marchertas, Inc.

Early Childcare Center West University of Chicago by ross barney architects

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Article source: ross barney architects

The Early Childcare Center West is the first childcare center built for the University of Chicago.  The Center is located on a developing edge of the medical campus, and shall serve the families of both the University and Medical Center.  On a University campus known for its combination of historic buildings and innovative  architecture, the clients and architects worked to develop a language for the child care facility that creates a playful environment that’s fits with the campus environment.

Image Courtesy © ross barney architects

  • Architects: ross barney architects
  • Project: Early Childcare Center West University of Chicago
  • Location: Chicago


  • LEED  Silver Certification Pending
  • Integrated, High performance building
  • Energy  efficient envelope
  • Daylighting and lighting control system
  • Water conservation strategies
  • Optimized Open space on dense, urban site
  • Children’s icon
  • Constructed below client budget
  • Designed with input from University Community
  • Secure child-care facility in an urban setting
  • Creates a child scaled place for learning
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