Industrial Live/Work

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The challenge: creating a functional and sustainable live/work gallery in a century old factory space while retaining the character of "a romantic ruin" that had initially attracted the client. The solution: existing finishes were stabilized and retained while new construction worked from a palette of steel, concrete, and glass to evoke the building's industrial past. The fireplace and closet enclosure sit away from the walls like artifacts left behind by former occupants. Large galvanized electrical pipe acts as wiremold and baseboard. The removal of one end of a windowless second floor addition to create a terrace and the enlargement of window openings into doors on the first floor further open up the interior to natural light and celebrate the courtyard where paving was reduced allowing runoff to be accommodated on site. The living space is separated thermally and acoustically from the gallery and garage spaces below by a new stairwell enclosure and heavy industrial felt curtains further insulate the occupants from heat loss, light, and sound when they so desire.

Architect of record

Trish VanderBeke
P.K. VanderBeke, Architect
155 W. Burton Place #16
Chicago, IL 60610, U.S.A.
Phone: 312-337-4110

General contractor

John Cook
Just Builders
1111 McCormick Ave
Evanston, IL 60202, U.S.A.
Phone: 1-847-234-5678


Janet Mesic-Mackie
Janet Mesic Mackie Photography
4827 N. Hamilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625, U.S.A.
Phone: 1-312-456-7890

Photographer 2

Michael Monar
Michael Monar Photography
458 Green Street
Chicago, IL 60642, U.S.A.
Phone: 1-917-345-4590