Collective Office founder converts Chicago factory into his apartment and studio

September 2, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Chicago architect Jeff Klymson has designed a home for himself inside an old industrial building in the city, while reserving the ground floor for the studio of his firm Collective Office. The office-cum-residence is located in Chicago’s South Loop neighbourhood, inside a former factory built in 1889. The project involved the adaptive re-use of the

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Chicago McDonald’s by Ross Barney Architects draws comparisons to Apple stores

August 14, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

Fast-food chain McDonald’s has replaced its iconic restaurant in Chicago with a building by Ross Barney Architects that is “unlike any in the company’s portfolio”. The new outpost opened on 9 August 2018 in the city’s River North district, on the site of the Rock N Roll McDonald’s that served as a flagship for the

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COS looks to Mies and Mondrian for first Chicago store

July 25, 2018 Dan Howarth 0

The works of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and artist Piet Mondrian influenced the geometric and pared-back design of this shop for fashion brand COS. The first COS store in Chicago occupies a new four-storey building on East Oak Street, designed by the company’s in-house team of architects. Sandwiched between two existing structures, the

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Elon Musk’s Chicago tunnel will link downtown and airport in 12 minutes

June 15, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company has revealed plans to bring its super-fast tunnel system to Chicago, where “autonomous electric skates” travelling up to 150 miles per hour will link the city’s Downtown area with O’Hare Airport. The Boring Company’s scheme was selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) as the winning proposal bidding for the

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Parts and Labor infuses Chicago restaurant with coastal California ambiance

May 21, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

American studio Parts and Labor Design has used lush foliage, creamy white walls and varied tones of wood to create a West Coast feel inside the new Pacific Standard Time eatery and bar in Chicago. One of the most anticipated restaurants to open in the Windy City this year, Pacific Standard Time is situated in the base

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Pair of skyscrapers proposed for site of Calatrava’s doomed Chicago Spire

May 17, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Two “sister skyscrapers” designed by architect David Childs have been unveiled for Chicago’s waterfront, nearly 10 years after work on Santiago Calatrava’s ill-fated Chicago Spire halted on the same plot. The 400 Lake Shore Drive development is located where the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan, on the site the Spanish architect’s 150-storey Spire began

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SOM converts century-old Chicago firehouse into Optimo hat factory

May 8, 2018 Jenna McKnight 0

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has paired blackened steel with warm-toned wood at a new headquarters for hat maker Optimo, created inside a historic firehouse in Chicago. The offices and production facilities are situated within a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in the Beverly neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side. Founded 25 years ago, Optimo has developed

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Competition: win a map of Chicago’s concrete architecture

April 27, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

Dezeen is giving away five copies of a map that pinpoints Chicago’s concrete buildings, including iconic brutalist structures and university projects, in this competition. Concrete Chicago Map is a double-sided guide that details of over 50 concrete buildings and structures in the city’s Downtown and surrounding areas. The foldout design has a map on one

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Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper planned beside Tribune Tower

April 27, 2018 Bridget Cogley 0

A skyscraper by architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill is set to rise next to Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower and become the second-tallest building in the city. The tower will soar to 1,422 feet (433 metres) tall – just short of the city’s Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, which was completed by Skidmore Owings

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Moss converts Chicago corner shop into art gallery, apartment and its own studio

March 31, 2018 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architect Matt Nardella has turned an abandoned bodega in Chicago into his home and studio, arranging spaces around a courtyard he created in the centre. Nardella runs Chicago-based architecture and design firm Moss with his wife Laura Cripe, who oversees the marketing and business development. The architect and his team transformed the 6,000-square-foot (557-square-metre) grocery

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