Select Architecture and Design Work

Ranch Home Addition

Scope: Initial Design Study
Status:
In Progress

This commissioned study explores the potentials of adding a wing to a very tidy 1950’s ranch home on a double lot in a typical Chicago neighborhood. The addition is capped by a shed roof that captures north light through a massive storefront window looking over a large garden and lawn. On the interior, the house is tied together by a long, wide hall partially lined with casework and ending in a cozy reading nook.


Scallop House

Scope: Conceptual Study
Status:
Complete

The solid brick wall has fallen by the wayside due to the economic, code, and thermal performance requirements of contemporary construction. The unintended consequence of this has been that brick, now reduced to a veneer material, has become incredibly boring. Scallop house is an attempt to ask what a more interesting application of brick veneer could look like. The proposal takes advantage of the fact that the brick is no longer required to act structurally to create a facade that is “scalloped” in plan, creating a building-scale texture and play of shadows that showcases the veneered quality of the brick without attempting to mimic old, solid walls. The rendering above shows what a facade might look like in a storefront configuration, while the fully resolved details indicate how the system operates using the same module of curved brick.


Pilsen Renovation

Scope: Full Service Design, as part of Pigeon Studio
Status:
Under Construction (Follow progress here)

This project calls for the conversion of a highly unusual two story brick and concrete mechanics garage building on the back of a residential Chicago lot into three apartment units. The existing structure is filled with character, with pleasing exposed brick that, in some areas, has paint and plaster in various states of decay. The client had a limited budget for construction, which we accommodated by using the existing character of the building to provide the aesthetic quality for the new apartments.


Bridgeport Roof Deck

Scope: Full Service Design, as part of Pigeon Studio
Status:
Under Construction

The flip side of the Windy City’s harsh winters is that Chicagoans make sure take full advantage of the beautiful Spring, Summer, and Fall months. This project for a private roof deck located just a few blocks away from the Pigeon Studio offices is aimed at helping our clients do just that. Initially our proposal was composed of cedar slats covering an existing parapet, and a steel frame with metal mesh, cedar, and concrete block infill that supported fabric shades; as built, the supports and cross members are made from a warm and wonderful clear cedar supporting a crisp, modern pergola that keeps the heat at bay during the height of summer.


Howard Street Mixed Use

Scope: Study Project
Status:
Complete

In the neighborhood of Rogers Park, located in Chicago’s North Side, we explored the potential for a mixed-use development through this hypothetical design. Two towers, each housing residential units and artists’ studios, flank the site, lifted off the ground by clusters of columns that make it easy for pedestrians to circulate on foot. Closer to the ground, a transparent volume acts as a hall for year-round flea and farmers’ markets, and an open-air pavilion houses public events. A green plaza, wide-open to the public toward the front of the site, weaves through the pavilions into a secluded park space at the back of the site, momentarily turning this mixed-use development into a quiet getaway. 


MP Custom Made Display Booth

Scope: Conceptual Design Only, as part of Pigeon Studio
Status:
Complete

A neighborhood wordworking business needed a new display booth to display their art and goods at craft fairs and festivals across the midwest. The client needed a booth that was low-cost, modular, flexible, and easy to assemble on site. To meet these goals we developed a system and catalogue of clean details using off the shelf hardware, aluminum framing and birch panels. The offset, rounded top edge of the panels allows the client to hang heavy wood art works from hooks. An adaptable clip system for securing the panels to the frame also allows the client to put their woodworking skills towards developing unique custom panels.