Photos of recent progress at Upper West Side Townhouse. The scaffolding is down at the rear face, allowing the first full view of the rear facade and corner bay windows. On the Interior finish work has begun; sheet rock has been installed and the main level coffer ceiling is taking shape. More updates coming soon!
We are nearing the completion of an addition and renovation of a 1980's post-modernist structure on Chicago's Northwest side. The existing monolithic masonry building was originally constructed as a sculpture artist's studio, with a barrel-vaulted central space for manipulating massive pieces of steel. Conservation and restoration of the sensitive, post-industrial landscape is ongoing.
The studio has since been converted to a residence, which we've expanded with a splayed rectangular volume that now houses the primary domestic functions. The original workshop space has been entirely restored and reinvented to showcase the client's notable collection of modern art. Yet, Nature is still the centerpiece, and the sister buildings connect, via monumental glazed openings, to a fabulous green garden.
Windows have been delivered to the site and installation has begun. The metal clad windows are set back 8" from the exterior face brick to emphasize the depth of the load bearing masonry wall. The inside of the openings are clad in 1/4" thick metal panels, powder coated to match the windows. The clean machined edge of the metal panels are designed as a sharp counter point to the rough & irregular texture of the original brick wall.