House of Tomorrow
Beverly Shores, Indiana
- 3,755 square feet
- Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Structural; Bauer Latoza Studio, Historic Preservation; WSP, MEP; Radtke Engineering and Surveying, LLC, Civil; HJKessler Associates, Sustainability
- Triple Insulating Glass Unit, Fiber Cement Rainscreen
Originally designed by pioneering architect George Fred Keck, the House of Tomorrow showed millions of attendees at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair a new, technology-driven vision of what domestic life could be in the future.
Having been significantly modified and relocated by barge to what is now the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1934, the House of Tomorrow has sat vacant and deteriorating since 1999. Now Indiana Landmarks has a long-term lease with the National Park Service and is working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to facilitate its rehabilitation and return to use.
bKL is leading the design team restoring the exterior of this extraordinary building that embodied the forward-thinking spirit of modern architecture to its original 1933 appearance, while preserving its remaining historic elements and incorporating 21st-century materials and systems into its infrastructure.
Whitney Young Library Chicago
- 11,000 square foot renovation
2,500 square foot addition
- Johnson & Lee, Ltd, Architect of Record; Larson Engineering, Structural; Terra Engineering, Civil & Landscape; dbHMS, MEP & LEED Consultant; Terracon, Environmental
- F.H. Paschen, SN Nielsen & Assoc LLC
- Aluminum curtain wall with Low-E vision glass, fritted glass, brick, metal panel canopy, existing waffle slab ceiling, Shaw flooring, Allsteel & Izzy+ furnishings
Located in the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, the existing Whitney M. Young, Jr. Branch Library building required a 11,000 square foot renovation and a 2,500 square foot addition, while respecting its significant history and prominence within the community.
bKL approached the client’s programming and renovation goals responsibly and respectfully while providing the client with a modern and integrated building. Goals included lightening the visual impact of the building, relocating the entry in a way that is secure and welcoming, and adding needed building program and technology.
The existing modernist structure provided a garden space that was immensely underutilized. bKL decided to revive the central garden space and make it an integral part of the building plan, providing an exterior communal space for the library users. This central garden element also provides the ability for light to permeate the surrounding library functions.
Equally important, the creation of an accessible multi-purpose room now provides a space where community activities can be accommodated. Responding to the multi-purpose room’s placement, the floor plan was organized in such a way to provide user groups both separate and individual spaces, while maintaining a cohesive design that is open and light.
- 2010年6月 – 8月
- 场地: 142,000平方米
bKL was invited by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to participate in its Between States exhibition as a part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial. Tasked with identifying an “unappreciated physical asset in one of Chicago’s 50 wards” and imagining “a process of transitioning it to an economic catalyst,” bKL selected the Damen Silos within Ward 25.
The Damen Silos are located just south of the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood. Situated at an intersection of waterway, freeway, and pedestrian connectivity, the site is waiting to be revitalized and utilized by the supporting community.
Pilsen’s artistic intervention influenced the bKL team. Inspired by local surface treatments, a series of applications and new place-defining markers activate the character and history of the site. Through site infrastructure improvement and direct access, this developing space will reinstate growth of new culture, reintroduce purpose to the Silos, and maintain their iconic image. In form, they remain the same; in purpose and surface, they change.
Featured in the CAF Atrium Gallery and presented as a partner program of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Between States exhibit will be open to the public September 19, 2017 to January 7, 2018.