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The Center Won’t Hold is a geometric pavilion designed to optimise public space

January 5, 2022 Jane Englefield 0
The Center Won't Hold

Multidisciplinary design office The Open Workshop has created an experimental pavilion that proposes how Chicago’s vacant public spaces could be used for communal living. Called The Center Won’t Hold, the geometric pavilion comprises a green-painted, timber-framed cuboid with two more rotated cuboid frames within it. The arrangement forms open-air spaces concealed only by thin, gauzy

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“Thompson Center renovation aiming for lowest common denominator of apparently good taste”

December 24, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
James R Thompson Center renovation plan

The proposed renovation to Helmut Jahn’s recently saved James R Thompson Center will strip so much of the uniqueness from the postmodern building they may as well demolish it, says Owen Hopkins. Heritage campaigners and postmodernism enthusiasts let out a great cheer last week as news emerged that Helmut Jahn’s James R Thompson Center in Chicago was

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Helmut Jahn’s postmodern Thompson Center saved from demolition

December 15, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The governor of Illinois has decided to retain the under-threat James R Thompson Center in Chicago, which was designed by architect Helmut Jahn, with his former studio set to carry out its renovation. Governor Jay Robert Pritzker announced that the offices of the Illinois state government will be sold to developer Prime Group, which will retain the structure. The news follows years

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AvroKO creates residential feel inside Chief members club in Chicago

November 22, 2021 Natasha Levy 0
Reception desk with black corrugated base in dark green lobby of Chief Chicago by AvroKO

Design firm AvroKO has used eclectic furnishings, abstract artworks and mismatched rugs to make Chief’s private members’ club in Chicago feel more like a home. Located in the Fulton Market district, the Chicago clubhouse is one of three Chief locations across the US that offer support and networking opportunities for women in executive positions. AvroKO

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SOM weaves small wood pieces into SPLAM pavilion at Chicago Architecture Biennial

October 1, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
SPLAM pavilion by SOM architects and University of Michigan Taubman College

SOM has worked with the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to explore a low-carbon alternative to conventional timber framing called SLT and build a pavilion to demonstrate its capabilities. Partly inspired by cross-laminated timber (CLT) – the engineered wood made strong by gluing strips of timber together in a crisscross

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Ten installations to see at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 21, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Chicago Architecture Biennial installations

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has returned to Chicago for its fourth edition with installations by Atelier Bow-Wow and Manuel Herz Architects. Here are 10 must-see projects. Curated by designer David Brown, the biennial contains contributions from over 80 participants hailing from more than 18 countries. These include numerous site-specific installations, many of which have been built

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago presents 10 student architectural projects

September 14, 2021 Dezeen staff 0

A project that uses hand-drawing techniques to explore ‘contemporary ruins’ and another that examines rapidly expanding global cities are included in Dezeen’s latest school show by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Also included is a project that explores adaptive reuse as a means to solve Chicago’s housing issue and another that examines

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Chicago’s Swiss Consulate interior is a nod to 1960s modernism

July 16, 2021 Jon Astbury 0
Chicago's Swiss Consulate

Swiss firm HHF and Chicago-based studio Kwong Von Glinow have collaborated on the interiors of the Swiss Consulate located in Chicago’s landmark John Hancock Center. Located on the 38th floor of the 100-storey supertall skyscraper, the 1,500-square-foot office is designed to pay homage to the shared architectural history of Chicago and Switzerland. HHF and Kwong

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SOM reveals plan to add curving glass canopy to Chicago metro station

June 22, 2021 India Block 0
State/Lake Station by SOM

Global architecture firm Skidmore, Owings and Merril has unveiled its redesign for the State/Lake Station in downtown Chicago. Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM) is working with construction engineers TranSystems to revamp the station on Chicago’s elevated train line, which is nicknamed the L. The project is being undertaken by the City of Chicago, Chicago Department

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Vladimir Radutny Architects wraps Chicago housing block in corrugated steel

February 11, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
2016 W Rice housing in Chicago by Vladimir Radutny Architects

Vladimir Radutny Architects has created an apartment block at 2016 W Rice in Chicago that is clad in corrugated steel cladding broken by terraces. Containing eight apartments, the studio designed the block was to maximise the buildable area while creating homes that had natural light and outdoor spaces. “Tasked with maximising the buildable area, the

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