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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

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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

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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

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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.

Image Courtesy © IGNACIO ESPIGARES @ STL ARCHITECTS

  • 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.

Image Courtesy © IGNACIO ESPIGARES @ STL ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © IGNACIO ESPIGARES @ STL ARCHITECTS

  • Architects: STL Architects 
  • Project: Back of the Yards High School
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Photography: IGNACIO ESPIGARES @ STL ARCHITECTS 
  • 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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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

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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

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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

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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)
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