PAHC Studio

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America


While artists have long jeopardized their health for their practice, the PAHC Studio demonstrates a new standard in healthy spaces for art production.

The studio is situated within a 1920s commercial building that lacked sufficient fresh air intake and exhaust. The design coordinates a specialized mechanical system and organizes the program to isolate hazardous art materials.

Exhaust hoods, a continuous flow extraction system, and movable extraction arms facilitate the artist's work with potentially toxic materials.

Art-making studios are organized around a central library. The artist's iterative process and work at multiple scales necessitated furnishings with maximum functionality.

Flexible lighting and exhibit systems are easily adjusted, moved, and reconfigured.

Studio walls double as work surfaces and provide additional exhibit space for works in progress.

Unique details for ordinary elements such as radiator covers contribute to a clean, comfortable environment.

A customized floor-to-ceiling storage system serves as an accessible archive.

The seamless flooring connects the studios, facilitating the movement of materials, artwork, and people. Its resilient under layer eases extended periods of working while standing.

Aligning materials in practical but surprising ways allowed for the transformation of the studio's technical requirements into a crisp, meditative, and healthy space for art making.

Architect of record

Jeanne Gang
Studio Gang Architects
1212 N. Ashland Ave., Ste. 212
Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Phone: 773-384-1212

Associate architect

Thomas Eckhardt
CD Group
249 E. Prospect Ave., Ste. 100
Mount Prospect, IL 60056, USA
Phone: 847-797-1700

General contractor

Susan Butler-Johnson
Wujcik Construction Group, Inc.
8322 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077, USA
Phone: 847-673-5000

Consultant 1

Sachin Anand
dbHMS Design Build Engineering
303 W. Erie St., Ste. 510
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312-915-0557

Consultant 2

Marianne Maloney
Filament 33
2220 W. Potomac Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Phone: 646-674-0133

Consultant 3

Chad Matesi
Project Management Adivsors
150 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-207-1764


Steve Hall
Hedrich Blessing
400 N. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60622, USA
Phone: 312-491-1101