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

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 […]

SOM uses robots to construct concrete Stereoform Slab for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Two concrete columns hold up a curving concrete roof of this pavilion that architecture firm SOM has built using a method it says could reduce the carbon footprint of high-rise concrete buildings. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has erected the Stereoform Slab for this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial in the city’s West Loop. The concrete […]

Studio Gang clads Chicago high-rise in energy-saving concrete panels

Dezeen promotion: materials developer Rieder has clad the facades of Solstice on the Park, a residential tower in Chicago designed by Studio Gang, in modular concrete panels. The tower, clad by Rieder, is named Solstice on the Park due to the distinctive angular forms cut from its south, park-facing facade. The form of the building has […]

Thayer Brick House is hidden behind a brick screen

American firms Brooks + Scarpa and Studio Dwell have created a suburban Chicago home with an inner courtyard  screened from the road by “vertical twisting columns” of brick. The Thayer Brick House sits on a leafy street in Evanston, a college town just north of Chicago. Designed for an investment banker, the dwelling occupies a […]

SOM designs concourse terminals for Studio ORD’s Chicago O’Hare airport

American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been selected to design a pair of concourse terminals as part of the major Chicago O’Hare Airport expansion. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will design two new satellite concourses, measuring 1.2 million square feet (111,483 square metres), to form part of the new O’Hare project, the City of […]

Visitor centre revealed for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Home and Studio

Chicago architect John Ronan has designed a Prairie-style visitor centre to adjoin Frank Lloyd Wright‘s home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois. The architect designed the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor and Education Center to accompany the property that Wright designed and built for himself in 1889. The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor and Education Center adjoins […]

Vladimir Radutny overhauls industrial Michigan Loft apartment in Chicago

This apartment in Chicago, which features wood and steel volumes slotted within an exposed concrete structure, was designed by local firm Vladimir Radutny Architects to create a spacious home for a couple. Michigan Loft is a renovated apartment on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, comprising expansive ceilings and a spacious living area its main level. Steps lead […]

Virgil Abloh’s first solo exhibition opens at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

A major retrospective of the work of designer Virgil Abloh has opened in Chicago, bringing together everything from architectural constructions to Nike sneaker designs and slogan rugs for IKEA. On show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Figures of Speech is curated by Michael Darling, and designed by Abloh and Samir Bantal, director of OMA’s […]

The Hoxton hotel opens in former meatpacking building in Chicago

London hotelier Ennismore has designed an outpost of The Hoxton within an old meatpacking facility in Chicago, including a co-working lobby space and rooftop pool. The Hoxton Chicago marks the third US outpost of The Hoxton, following others in Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York. Ennismore‘s in-house design studio transformed a former meatpacking facility in […]

Virgil Abloh opens NikeLab pop-up in Chicago

Nike and designer Virgil Abloh have opened a temporary NikeLab space in Chicago where architects and designers can host workshops with the local community. The Re-Creation Center pop-up opens today at 673 North Michigan Ave. It offers the local youth mentoring and workshops, as well as access to exclusive Nike products. Abloh, the founder of fashion […]

The Wing’s women-focused co-working club in Chicago takes cues from Frank Lloyd Wright

The Wing, a co-working club dedicated to women, has opened a hub in Chicago featuring details that draw on 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Prairie-style. Located in the Fulton Market District area of Chicago, The Wing‘s new outpost marks the company’s first in the Midwest, and comes hot on the heels of its rapid expansion […]

Pritzker to sell Helmut Jahn’s postmodern Thompson Center in Chicago

The governor of Illinois, whose family started the Pritzker Prize, is set to sell Helmut Jahn‘s James R Thompson Center in Chicago, putting the fate of the postmodern building in “serious trouble”. Jay Robert Pritzker signed a bill on 5 April 2019 paving the way for the sale, and likely demolition, of the German-American architect’s massive 17-storey structure. Pritzker was […]

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