More stories about ILLINOIS

  • inside out

    Small, versatile, and sustainable with strong indoor-outdoor ties. These were the goals Tom Lenchek, AIA, had in mind for his own vacation home in the Cascade Mountains. The lone bathroom in this 1,400-square-foot cabin is a microcosm of those ambitions.

  • case study: los vecinos sro, chicago

    This low-income housing project was designed in consultation with its potential residents, and the project is that much stronger because of it, says architect Jeff Bone, AIA, principal at Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects. Turns out their needs were not so special after all, but what all...

  • skybridge, chicago

    Most architects would play it safe when venturing into the for-sale housing market for the first time. Not Perkins+Will.

  • contemporaine, chicago

    Not since the glory days of Modernism have high design and high-rise housing often coexisted. Most residential skyscrapers experience so much value-engineering, even the best architects struggle to give them a bit of character.

  • modern, historical, public, private, chaos, quiet

    Many architects start out building beach houses and move on to larger, more complex projects. Suman Sorg, who founded Sorg and Associates in 1986, took the opposite route. Her passion has been institutional and public projects, not custom homes. But if the best architecture comes from an intimate...

  • tower house, chicago

    When Architect Rick Phillips purchased the tiny triangular lot in 1996, on the fringe of Cabrini Green, land prices were so low that he bought the adjacent lot, too. Phillips designed the Tower House for fun, knowing that someday he'd build a more serious house next door.

  • Urban Legends

    Pappageorge/Haymes has earned a national reputation for contextual, site-appropriate architecture, and for its ability to design in a wide variety of styles.

  • Good Form

    Three custom homes turn up the volumes.

  • Cutting-Edge Communities

    Architects in Atlanta; Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago; and Bellevue, Wash., take community design and planning in innovative directions.

  • from house to housing

    In the universe of residential design, architects who craft one-off custom homes for individual clients like to think they're worlds apart from their counterparts who create plans for builders to mass-produce in America's burgeoning subdivisions. If ever two segments of the same profession were...