Work Spaces & Places

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WORK SPACES & PLACES

Artful Make over for Italian Government Offices Personalized Lofts Sleek Industrial Spaces Multi functional Arts Space


We believe in a layered approach to design, shaped by existing conditions and defined by programmatic concerns, aesthetical wishes and budgetary and temporal constraints. We believe that every solution needs to have its own unique personality and somehow elevate the experience of both the casual observer and the ultimate user. We believe that every solution needs to address all of the senses of the observers and ultimately draw them into the space as participants. We believe in contextual solutions that engage and are engaged by the urban or natural fabric, solutions where the raw space is shaped and is interesting even by itself. Materials, Colors, Lighting, furniture and furnishings are but added layers of necessary requirements that add and augment the total experience and need to be planned out accordingly. We believe in natural and sustainable materials and the beauty inherent in high quality engineering and manufacturing. We believe in well organized and clear presentation that artistically can stand by themselves. We believe in clear, concise and dramatic concepts. We believe in the careful integration of both inside and outside We believe in the art of architecture.


Suite 301 Offices InterSource Design Group NIU Art Gallery Consulate General of Italy Italian Institute of Culture Italian Trade Commission Banca di Roma Nine Iron Corporate Offices Tenant Build Out 1 Tenant Build Out 2 Tenant Build Out 3 Hirschmann Engineering USA New Office Complex


SUITE 301 OFFICES - CHICAGO, IL.


A 65' porticoed interior gallery, defined by two parallel wall planes, organizes a 3500s.f. loft space by acting as a buffer between the public zone, housing the receptionist, waiting and conference areas, and the private workstations and offices of a multi-disciplined (architecture, interior design, graphic design and illustration ) design firm. A modular drywall ceiling grid, reminiscent of the typical organizing elements used to design at any scale by all disciplines, helps to stabilize the wall planes, conceal lighting and render the otherwise tall space more intimate by lowering the ceiling plane while still allowing visual acknowledgment of the existing loft space. Subdued colors and fabrics are intertwined with granites, lacquered woods, glass and metals to demonstrate the richness that can be achieved through creative selection. Accent paint colors are applied only to one face of the built structures to further emphasize the layering effect. This is most evident at the gallery wall where the surface was plastered, gouged and painted to show wear, tear and depth, conjuring images of old European construction. A similar approach, more contemporary and without the build up of texture, highlights the partition between the principal's office and his meeting area. Future expansion was accommodated with the addition of screened partitions affixed to the ceiling grid that will modulate the present gallery space into four semi-private offices for the managers of each adjoining department. The project was featured in a number of publications.


INTERSOURCE DESIGN GROUP OFFICES - CHICA

The project entailed the design an organization of a 1300 sf architecture / interior design office space within a renovated residential loft building which was making a transition to office occupancy. The space already contained a kitchen / bathroom service core which had to remain. Program requirements included a reception area, six work / drafting stations, a conference area and storage. The concept was to respect the character of the loft spaces while creating an image befitting an architect's own space. The entry / reception area is treated as a

display gallery, framed and defined by two juxtaposing cantilevered forms which pierce through the perimeter of the existing space and which are repeated in the conference room and in plan. All new walls use color against a colorless, existing background and are only 72� high in order to create the illusion of a space within a space. The higher limitation also allows the users to partake of the exciting city view from anywhere within the office. The drafting area is treated as a series of low, intersecting planes helping to foster interest and continuity. Lighting is integrated throughout the design


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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Approximately 3000 sf in a Chicago loft were developed into a gallery for a major Illinois University. Because of its satellite location, the space also had to accommodate seminars, meetings and receptions for university functions outside the main campus. Built for less than 10 dollars per square foot, the gallery was designed to establish a presence of a new design organization for each exhibit while maintaining respect for the existing structure. Permanent elements enclose a receptionist, a conference space, an office and storage. Through the use of by passing planes, they surround the structure without confining it. A modular system of movable panels and supports provide total flexibility for hanging art as well as for subdividing the space for other uses. The panel supports are truncated at top and bottom to allow a full reveal of the existing architecture


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Located on the 18th floor of a Michigan Ave. Office tower, the new 8000 sf offices for the Consulate General of Italy are designed to project a contemporary Italian image while solving the functional aspects of the new interior reorganization. Extremely tight construction budgets of $27 per square foot forced the abundant use of inexpensive materials, like drywall, which were shaped and colored in such a way as to allude to the rich architectural and artistic traditions of Italy. The baroque like curves of the canted walls in the reception area and of those within the administration area bring back memories of the traditional Italian piazzas in addition to the conjuring up of nautical images in tribute to the first Italian discoverers of the New World. Glistening Venetian stucco in three colors provides the only apparent touch of opulence within an otherwise simple, clean, crisp, and bureaucratically neutral color palette. The reddish / ochre color represents the administrative functions (the Quirinale, the parliament building in Rome, has the same tone on its faรงade) and defines the waiting / reception zone and its administrative teller window areas. A deep blue, just like the waters of the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Tirrenean seas is used as a backdrop for the reception and passport windows at the perimeter of the public area. A cal green, like that of the hills and valleys within the Italian mainland, defines the consular section, incorporating the Consul's office, his administrative assistant, a conference room and a VIP entrance. Canted drywall forms provide visual interest while hiding indirect lighting. Other three dimensional architectural elements allude to a colonnade and define the consular wing. Curved metal forms suspended from the ceiling of the conference room and the consul's private office continue the reference to Italian architectural forms and structures reinterpreted in modern materials. In keeping with the very public nature of the consulate all individual offices have access to light and views as the actual spaces are pulled back from the building perimeter where the main corridor is placed. This has the effect of crating a public street where consular officers and their guests can visit with one another but still take advantage of the vistas offered by Chicago's magnificent skyline.



CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY - CHICAGO, IL.



ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE - CHICAGO, IL.

Located at the southern edge of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and on the 14th floor of a modernist office high rise building built in the 1960’s, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura acts as Italy’s cultural link in the Chicago Area. Charged with the promotion of Italian Culture in the Midwest, the institute needed to provide both the standard functional spaces and required private offices, conference and storage components found anywhere, along with the additional gallery space for housing such diverse activities as exhibitions, film screening, lectures, seminars and receptions. Additionally, larger rooms were required to allow for classroom functions for the Institute’s language program. The 4000 sf of multi functional facility is divided into three distinct areas. The executive office area in one end and the classroom wing at the other, divided by the 2000 sf gallery component in between the two. Each of these areas is thus able to function independently (as they are accessed from separate entrances) and in unity during special functions. The central exhibit area is actually subdivided into two zones; a large main space

and a smaller more intimate one which is linked directly to the two entrances. Each is the expansion space for the other.

With respect to design, the institute is virtually devoid of any obvious traditional references to Italy, relying rather, on utilitarian architectural elements and forms that provide visual interest while hiding lighting and other construction elements, The overall effect is that of a clean simple, neutral architectural background, a perfec container for any type of cultural activity. The functional plan, the arcaded entry area, the baroque-like curves of a second layer in the ceiling and the forced perspective in the office corridors provide the only, even if extremely subtle, reference to Italian architectural forms.

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, along with the Italian Trade Commission and the Consulate General of Italy, is the third Italian representative office in Chicago designed by the award winning multi disciplinary design studio of Tainer Associates Ltd.


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ITALIAN TRADE COMMISSION - CHICAGO, IL.



BANCA DI ROMA - CHICAGO, IL.



NINE IRON CORPORATE OFFICE - CHICAGO, IL.



TENANT DEVELOPMENT 1 - ELGIN, IL.



TENANT DEVELOPMENT 2 - ELGIN, IL.



TENANT DEVELOPMENT 3 - ELGIN, IL.



HIRSCHMANN ENGINEERING USA - ELGIN, IL.



HIRSCHMANN ENGINEERING USA - ELGIN, IL.



GLACIER PARK INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX - NAPERVI


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OFFICE BUILDING, IL.



PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT - GIANNI FURNITURE



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Reynolds Aluminum Ecole Pedagogique #3 Versailles, France "Chambre No. 6" American Institute of Architects Interior Architecture Award Citation of Merit"NIU Art Gallery" SAMMY AWARD "Bloomfield Club Sales Center" SAMMY AWARD "Bloomfield Club Signage" Award of Excellence Seaman - Patrick Paper Co. "Washington Terrace Brochure" Architecture in Perspective V International Competition "Villa Quadrata" Interiors Magazine Annual Interiors Award Best in Low Budget Category "Pinuccio Restaurant" American Institute of Architects Interior Architecture Award Citation of Merit, "Belle Rose" Restaurant Design 3 100 Best Restaurant Designs "Pinuccio Restaurant" Architecture in Perspective 8 International Competition "Park Lincoln" Chicago Athenaeum, IBD New Chicago Interiors Awards "Pinuccio Restaurant" Chicago Athenaeum, IBD New Chicago Interiors Awards "Belle Rose" Architecture in Perspective 12 Architecture in Perspective 14 International Competition "Chicago Police Station" Architecture In Perspective 22 International Competition

TELEVISION 2000

HGTV - New Spaces "Carlson Residence”

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HGTV Inside / Outside "Coppola Residence”

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1983 Tops Competition New Chicago Architecture Art Institute of Chicago 1984 150 Years of Chicago Architecture Museum of Science & Industry, 1985 The Idea of BIG" College of Art & Architecture University of Illinois-Chicago 1985 Interior Architect Awards Chicago Chapter AIA “NIU Chicago Art Gallery” Alumni Show “NIU Chicago Art Gallery” 1986 Currents from Chicago: Archicenter Chicago 1987 UICC Alumni Exhibit AIA-UICC 1989 Divine Details Exhibit Van Stratten Gallery 1990 Chicago '91 ASAP Exhibit 1991 Architecture in Perspective V “Villa Quadrata” Architecture in Perspective V ASAP Regional Exhibit Gwenda Jay Gallery 1993 AIA Awards '93 Chicago Historical Society “Belle Rose” ASAP Regional Exhibit New Chicago Interiors Awards “Pinuccio Restaurant “ Chicago Athenaeum, IBD 1994 Architecture in Perspective 8 “Park Lincoln” 1994 New Chicago Interiors Awards Chicago Athenaeum, IBD “Belle Rose” New Chicago Interiors Awards Chicago Athenaeum “Italian Consulate-Chicago” New Chicago Interiors Award Chicago Athenaeum “Osteria Pinuccio” 1996 Anything & Architecture Gallery 400, UICC-Chicago “Beachcomber Club, Jamaica” 1996 1985-1995 Works In Progress Central Missouri State U 1999 Architecture in Perspective 14 International Competition "Chicago Police Station

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Plan & Print (July) "Idea of Big" D. D. Douglas Focus (July) "Interior Architecture Awards Inland Architect (August) “Interior Architecture Awards” Progressive Architecture(August) "Interior Architecture Awards" CCAIAX - 1985 to 1990 "The Art of Interior Architecture" Interiors Magazine - (June) "Chicago Design" Architecture in Perspective V Architecture Chicago -Volum 7 "Alternative Visions" Arch. Design Collaborators Arch. Design Collaborators Interiors Magazine ( January) "12th Annual Interior Awards" Architecture Chicago Vol 9 Architecture in Perspective "5 Years of Award Winning Drawings" 1986 - 1991 Architectural Renderings Quarto, London, England Arch. Design Collaborators Interiors Magazine - June "Chicago Design" Chicago Chapter AIA Trial by Jury Restaurant Design 3 ( March) PBC International, Inc. "Pinuccio" Northshore Collections Ottagono 107, Milan, Italy "Lighthouse Resort, Negril, Jamaica" Bars Nightclubs & Taverns PBC International, Inc. "Pinuccio" On Architecture Pomegranate Publications "Villa Quadrata" Architecture in Perspective 8 The Art of Architectural Illustration Rockport Publishers Shops & Boutiques PBC International, Inc. "Belle Rose" MateriaQuarto Srl., Modena, Italy Virginio Ferrari Istituto Italiano di CulturaArchitecture in Perspective 9 KAPA 1995- Seoul, Korea Architecture in Perspective 10 Ottagono 120, Milan, Italy Designing with Color New Interiors PBC International Inc Architecture in Perspective 11 Firenze Oggi, Florence, Italy


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