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OMA reveals design for domed innovation centre in South Chicago

September 26, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Dutch architecture studio OMA has unveiled its design for a glass-and-metal dome in Chicago that will serve as the headquarters for the American research organisation Discovery Partners Institute. Designed in partnership with American technology company Jacobs, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) headquarters will be eight storeys tall and located within The 78 neighbourhood that is

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Norman Kelley remodels Chicago apartment to showcase chair collection

September 1, 2022 Jenna McKnight 0
Norman Kelley Penthouse for Chairs

Design studio Norman Kelley and architect Spencer McNeil have completed Apartment for Chairs, a two-storey unit that features ample space for guests and a collection of over 90 chairs. Located in a contemporary, high-rise building in Chicago’s Near North neighbourhood, the apartment was designed for a couple. One of the clients is a longtime local

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Mass-timber structure in Chicago to be “tallest timber-made building” in the city since Great Fire

August 10, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

Chicago architecture studio Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture has announced plans for 2100 N Southport Avenue, a mass-timber residential tower in the Lincoln Park neighbourhood of Chicago. 2100 N Southport Avenue will be a nine-storey residential tower project led by developers Sterling Bay. If completed, it will mark the city’s “tallest timber-made building to be constructed since

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Maya Lin designs oculus water fountain for the Obama Presidential Center

August 8, 2022 Alice Finney 0
A rendering of a round water fountain in a garden

American artist Maya Lin has revealed a design for a spherical water fountain that will be installed in the Obama Presidential Center, a cultural complex in Chicago celebrating Barack Obama’s presidency. Called Seeing Through the Universe, the site-specific artwork is set to be the focal point of the Ann Dunham Water Garden, a garden named

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Chicago’s buildings “still not as efficient as those built 130 years ago” says Energy Revolution curator

July 13, 2022 Ben Dreith 0

The Energy Revolution exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Center aims to demonstrate that the city’s buildings need to become much more energy efficient. Energy Revolution, which was organised by architect Doug Farr and Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) director of exhibition Eve Fineman, seeks to educate the public on architecture’s impact on the climate by using historical charts, interactive installations

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Wheeler Kearns Architects place wood-clad living rooms inside Michigan greenhouse

June 30, 2022 James Brillon 0
Granor Greenhouse

Wheeler Kearns Architects has completed a multipurpose greenhouse for an organic farm in Michigan to host meals and events, grow produce and host classes. The project was completed for Granor Farm, which is located in southern Michigan. According to the architects, it is the first certified organic vegetable farm in southwestern Michigan. The business acquired

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Norman Kelley refreshes lobby of postmodern Chicago skyscraper

June 1, 2022 Jenna McKnight 0
190 Laselle Street

US architecture studio Norman Kelley used materials such as brass and polished quartz to update the lobby in a 1980s skyscraper designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson. The project – formally called the 190 South LaSalle Street Lobby – is located within a postmodern-style office tower in Chicago’s Central Loop. The 41-storey building was originally

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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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