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 […]

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 […]

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 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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