Morgan Street Live + Work

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America


The Morgan Street project is a 3000 SF mixed-use live + work building. The brief called for an office and residence, each 1500 sf. Zoning disallowed the residence on the ground floor, but the clients desired a connection to the landscape. So the landscape was lifted by mounding (un-recyclable) debris and excavated soil from an on-site run-down grocery store that required demolition. Then the residential "bar" was raised and rotated to access the crest of the prairie grass-planted recycled-materials mound, giving the residence a direct connection to the ground. The second floor is a prefabricated structural bridge, which connects the mound to an extensive green-roof that covers the office. The office "bar" is faced with a perforated Corten rain screen that allows for shaded daylight and privacy, and provides a resilient material that can withstand the wear and tear of street life. The two "bars" are structurally (and acoustically) independent. Raw aluminum panels wrap the remainder of most facades - the panels fold cleanly around corners without additional detailing. The site is off the stormwater grid: rain filters through the roofs, flows around the mound, and into a large gravel French-drain, which is tapped to irrigate the landscape.

Architect of record

Martin Felsen
3209 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Phone: 312-638-9100

General contractor

Daniel Rumple
Hi Tech Builders
5060 North Delphia
Chicago, IL 60656, USA
Phone: 773-447-3939

Consultant 1

Nathan Schuette
Sound Structures
1835 Rohlwing Rd, Suite C
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, USA
Phone: 847-749-0923

Consultant 2

Andre Chaszar
O Design Consulting and Research
11 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038, USA
Phone: 312-638-9100

Consultant 3

Chandra Goldsmith
Chandra Goldsmith Landscape Architect
3209 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Phone: 312-638-9100

Consultant 4

Jim Bess
Building Engineering Services
444 N. Wells St, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Phone: 312-836-0595


Matthew Messner
Matthew Messner Photographer
3209 S Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Phone: 312-545-1909