Ignite Glass Studios

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Program 
Chicago is experiencing a dramatic change with respect to the loss of non-profit artist studio facilities and exhibition space. To compensate for the loss of available studio/working space in the Central City, our client has formed an artist co-op consisting of eight glass artists and one Creative Director. This new facility will be open to artists for studio space as well as public exhibition, art events and art education out-reach classes. The program consists of flexible event space, gallery, art education outreach classes, glassblowing Hot Shop, and Sculpture garden.

Strategy 
Provide environment for transformational art experience through the integration of new and repurposed existing structures . 
The solution consisted of the following strategic moves: 
• Rejuvenate existing urban industrial neighborhood 
• Re-Purpose existing buildings through selective demolition. 
• Provide simple new industrial shed structure for event space 
• Design new walled-sculpture garden (north side of building) 
• Pursue a design which is an architectural expression of the idea of craft, through its materiality, and explicitly considered material juxtapositions (new and old ). 
• Promote awareness of the glass-making art through the integration of a strong public exhibition and gathering space ( walled-garden)



Architect of record

Andrew Metter, FAIA
Epstein | Metter Studio
600 West Fulton Street
Chicago, IL 60661, United States
Phone: 312-429-8175
Fax: 312-559-1217
ametter@epsteinglobal.com

General contractor

Andrew Hellerman
Graycor
Two Mid America Plaza, Suite 400
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, United States
Phone: 630-684-7345
Fax: 630-684-7111
andrew_hellermann@graycor.com

Photographer

Mark Ballogg
Ballogg Photography
1459 West Cortez
Chicago, IL 60642, United States
Phone: 773-772-1507
Fax: 773-772-5324
mark@balloggphoto.com