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Ranquist Development Group Offices in Chicago, Illinois by Vladimir Radutny Architects

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Article source: Vladimir Radutny Architects

A Chicago developer tasked us to create a new office atmosphere within an existing single story masonry shell. Our strategy was to place emphasis on the intrinsic character of materials used to build this simple box. First, we needed to uncloak its forgotten beauty, hidden behind the layers of old gypsum skin. Once the perimeter was brought back to life, we kept clear of it, and began to introduce the components needed for an everyday “office use”.

Image Courtesy © Mike Schwartz Photography

  • Architects: Vladimir Radutny Architects
  • Project: Ranquist Development Group Offices
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Photography: Mike Schwartz Photography


FCB Chicago in Illinois by TPG Architecture

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Article source: TPG Architecture

FCB Chicago, the largest agency within the Foote, Cone & Belding global network, recently relocated to the iconic John Hancock Center. The new office’s modern and comfortable design clearly expresses the spirit, culture and direction of this advertising/marketing powerhouse.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

  • Architects: TPG Architecture
  • Project: FCB Chicago
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Photography: Eric Laignel


University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons in Illinois by Studio Gang Architects

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Article source: Studio Gang Architects

Residential Amenities:

• 800 student beds: 252 single rooms, 193 double rooms including 16 RAs, and 48 student apartments including eight Resident Head apartments and two Resident Master apartments.
• Grouped into eight “houses” of 100 students named for prominent members of the UChicago community: Dr. Robert A. Behar House, John and Barbara Boyer House, Brady W. Dougan and Laura E. Niklason House, Rogers Family House, Alexis and Steven Strongin House, Immanuel Thangaraj House, Tina and Byron Trott House and Francis and Rose Yuen House
• 48,791 sf green roof, including 23,603 sf resident-only (private) landscaped courtyards on the second level
• Five music practice rooms and eight pianos
• Community Commons, multi-purpose room, 14 group study spaces, and a 24 hour reading room

Image Courtesy © Tom Harris

Image Courtesy © Tom Harris

  • Architects: Studio Gang Architects
  • Project: University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons
  • Location: 5500 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (55th Street and University Avenue), USA
  • Photography: Tom Harris, Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing
  • Client: The University of Chicago
  • Design Builder: Mortenson Construction
  • Architects: Jeanne Gang, Mark Schendel, Todd Zima with Aurelien Tsemo, John Castro, Emily Licht, Vincent Calabro, Wei-Ju Lai, Ashley Ozburn, Laura Ettedgui, Chris Vant Hoff, Beth Zacherle, Paige Adams, Ana Flor, Zac Heaps, William Emmick, Roger Molina-Vera, Kara Boyd, Jay Hoffman, Schuyler Smith, Weston Walker, Juan de la Mora, Christopher Ciraulo, Lindsey Moyer, Will Lambeth, Danny Jimenez, Angela Peckham, Michael Leaveck
  • Associate Architect: Hanbury
  • Engineers:
    • dbHMS – MEP/Fire Protection Engineer
    • Magnussen Klemencic Associates – Structural Engineer
    • David Mason & Associates – Civil Engineer


JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE in Illinois by RIEDER SMART ELEMENTS GMBH and Demonica Kemper Architects

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Article source: RIEDER SMART ELEMENTS GMBH and Demonica Kemper Architects

Joliet Junior College (JJC), a community college based in Joliet, Illinois, is the first public community college founded in the United States. The building is cladded with 650 m² of öko skin a concrete facade by Rieder and designed by Demonica Kemper Architects.




Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch in Illinois by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alancing aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and sustainable design, the 16,000-square-foot Chinatown Branch Library serves as an educational and social hub for Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. As one of the Chicago Public Library system’s busiest branches, the new library focuses on inclusive community activities and technology-based learning while uniting the two distinct North and South Chinatown districts. The interwoven design elements have created a library that serves as a community anchor and an enduring cultural asset that slips easily into the city’s urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Hedrich Blessing
  • Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
  • Engineer: dbHMS
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Environmental: Pioneer EES
  • Structural: Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Site Design


Vail Systems in Chicago, Illinois by Eastlake Studio

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Article source: Eastlake Studio

Looking to connect its future to the past, Vail Systems, a communications software developer, found a perfect home in the former Chicago Daily News pressroom. The once industrial space has been transformed into a collaborative environment that inspires innovation. Unique structural elements organize functional requirements. Staff is located in large reconfigurable areas, while meeting spaces are organized under mezzanines and catwalks.

Image Courtesy © Steve Hall

Image Courtesy © Steve Hall

  • Architects: Eastlake Studio  
  • Project: Vail Systems
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Steve Hall
  • Area: 11,000 square feet
  • Software used: PowerCadd, Sketchup, Maxwell


Urban 24 in Chicago, Illinois by Studio Dwell Architects

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Article source: Studio Dwell Architects

Looking like a missing tooth, this project helped to complete a gap in the urban fabric of this intimate residential row house street in Chicago. The row-houses were built in the 1890’s, showing wear and demolition over the years. Infilling this small lot provided challenges for the new residence; to not disturb adjacent 100 year old structures, party wall encroachments and to respect the existing scale of the street. The shoring of the adjacent structures and the house’s new foundations required complex design and construction, including a cantilevered concrete foundation wall to avoid interfering with the adjacent party wall footing.

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

Image Courtesy © Marty Peters

  • Architects: Studio Dwell Architects
  • Project: Urban 24
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Marty Peters
  • Architect’s/ Interior designers: Mark Peters, AIA
  • Engineer: Louis Shell
  • Gross square footage: 4,500 square feet
  • Completion Date (Month and Year): January, 2014
  • Software used: Archicad, AutoCad, Rhinoceros 3d


Lycee Francais in Chicago, Illinois by STL ARCHITECTS

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Article source: STL ARCHITECTS

Located in close proximity to the heart of Lincoln Square in Chicago, the new 85,000 SF Lycée Française de Chicago has been conceived as a unique educational with light-filled spaces intended to encourage educational and shared environments aimed to celebrate the Lycée’s international.


  • Architects: STL ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Lycee Francais
  • Location: 1929 West Wilson AveChicago, Illinois
  • Structural Engineer: ARUP Chicago
  • MEP Engineer: McGuire Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews
  • Landscape Architect: STL Architects + Culliton Quinn
  • Lighting Design: ARUP Chicago
  • Acoustics: ARUP Chicago
  • Software used: Revit (more…)

Luxury High-Rise Chicago Apartment in Illinois by Becker Architects Limited

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Article source: Becker Architects Limited

After a year of design renovations, a unit in a well-known high-rise apartment building in the heart of downtown Chicago has received a makeover – in part thanks to Banker Wire’s architectural mesh. The apartment features the most luxurious of amenities, and the design team at Becker Architects was faced with the challenge of creating minimalist, yet elegant wall panels to conceal both mechanical equipment and an elaborate home control system.

Image Courtesy © Becker Architects Limited

Image Courtesy © Becker Architects Limited

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
  • Software used: Autocad,  3dsMax, Adobe Suite
  • 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


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