We are very sad to share that a member of the STL family passed away this week. Richard Caplan was an Associate Principal at STL. He was also our colleague and our friend. Richard led STL’s Code Compliance and Review efforts, including the municipal code review program for the City of Chicago Department of Construction and Permits. He was an uniquely qualified architect combining a love for industrial design with a passion for architecture. We will always remember his gentle presence and, of course, his quirky humor. May you Rest in Peace, Richard.
AIA Chicago Williams Park is featured in the AIA March Edition Magazine. The article highlights the positive feedback received by the Chicago Park District. According to Art Richardson, director of the Chicago Park District’s central region, “The fieldhouse has been drawing people from all across the city. They see it from outside and wonder what it is”. Mr. Richardson is very complimentary of the building’s functional success as well as its striking exterior expression stating: “We were looking for programmable space but we also got a work of art.”SEE PROJECT
We imagine libraries as culture generators and public cornerstones of our civilization. Libraries are buildings that help create and preserve culture by fostering the creativity and imagination inherent in the human condition. Consequently the architecture of a library, in addition to providing a public service by addressing its program requirements, should also be a source of inspiration and awe. The new New City Main Library at Gwangju library is conceived as both an efficient device for learning and a temple in which to to celebrate and elevate culture, intellect and the free exchange of ideas. An inspirational cauldron of information, architecture and people where knowledge is obtained, preserved and shared. The public side of the library is accessed through a magnificent four-story that aims to inspire visitors and properly represent an entrance to a culturally transcendent building. The entry lifts the visitor’s spirit inviting them to participate and contribute to the cultural temple they have just entered. Above the main entry, a large concrete floating dome levitates over the space welcoming visitors into a ethereal, transcendent space where the laws of gravity seem to have been temporally suspended.SEE PROJECT
We are pleased to share that our very special Williams Park Field House has been nominated for the 2020 Building of the Year Award by Archdaily. Make sure to vote!!SEE PROJECT
Chicago Architecture Center Over the last 50 years, cities have grown at an unprecedented rate in human history. This growth is projected to increase in pace, and by 2050, it is expected that 70% of the world’s population will reside in urban environments. What will this fast-growing man-made environment be made of? Addressing the challenges of massive urbanization, future buildings will be made of materials that leave no carbon footprint, produce clean energy, and improve air quality. New high-rise timber constructions will rise from harvested renewable tree farms. Other structures will be intelligent living organisms, with vertical and horizontal farms that yield proteins and vegetables; manufactured by advanced 3D-printers that convert raw materials into building components, formed with nano-particle fibers that capture waste carbon and converts it to oxygen. The building of the future will function as part of an urban environmentally conscious ecosystem.
Wishing you happiness in 2020 from all of us at STLarchitects!
Williams Park Chicago, IL – The Williams Park Filed House opened to the public on Saturday October 5. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Alderman Pat Dowell and representatives of the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Public Building Commission as well as multiple members of the community. The striking design was praised by dignitaries and neighbors alike who referred to the building as “visionary” and “transformational” for the community. This new Chicago Park District facility brings a jolt of optimism to Dearborn Homes, a community with over 600 children that need a safe and engaging place to play. The design includes a gymnasium and two multipurpose spaces that can accommodate the gamut of programs offered by the Chicago Park District.SEE PROJECT
3462 N. Lincoln Ave 3462 N. Lincoln Ave. is now open! The residential building is set to contribute to the neighborhood’s ongoing and future development.
Williams Park Williams Park Field House is getting closer to its final stage of construction. The 3,800 SF building which contains a basketball gymnasium, two multi-purpose community rooms with a shared pantry, offices and reception is about to become a vibrant highlight for the families and kids of the Dearborn Homes community in Bronzeville, Chicago.
Hengqin Highrise Competition
STLarchitects continues to expand its international portfolio by revealing its mixed high-rise proposal for the international insurance center for the HUAFA City Department in Zhuhai, China. The design of the tower’s massing reflects the separate components of residential, office, and commercial programs.
Ping Sha Xin Cheng School Competition STLarchitects participated for a school competition in Zhuhai City,China designing an outstanding school where the highlight of its experience is by connecting the kids and teachers with the environment of the space, into achieving a natural learning process environment. As STLarchitects been working on school designs for many years, its progress into sharing their designs internationally is on its way on expanding day by day.
UIC Center for the Arts Competition
Morphosis and STLarchitects unveiled the project for the new UIC Center for the Arts competition. The public that attended the event were able to enjoy an afternoon of architectural discussion as the three competitors introduced their projects.
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Studio ORD, a Joint Venture of STLarchitects, Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, and Milhouse Engineering, is pleased to announce the new design for O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse.
Led by Jeanne Gang, Studio ORD’s design celebrates Chicago’s history as a city shaped by lines of movement and extends that legacy for the 21st century. Like the confluence of the Chicago River, the design’s converging three branches create a central hub that establishes a vibrant new neighborhood in the heart of O’Hare’s campus.
Smoothly bending to increase efficiency, wayfinding, and connectivity, the tripartite design merges terminal and concourse into a single building that is uniquely evocative of the city of Chicago. At the branches’ confluence, a dramatic Oculus welcomes visitors under a six-pointed glass skylight whose geometry references the Chicago flag. Surrounding the Oculus is a rhythmic, pleated roof of long-span steel trusses. Clad in wood and emphasizing the building’s curving form, the pleats are spaced and oriented to maximize natural daylight and energy efficiency. From inside, their directionality gently guides passengers through the space. When seen from above, the building’s form greets passengers with an easily recognizable, distinctly Chicago icon: the city’s “Y symbol,” or Municipal Device, that represents the branching Chicago River.
The roof is supported by Y-shaped columns spaced over 100 feet apart that distribute the structural load, maximizing open circulation and ensuring flexibility to accommodate change over the terminal’s lifespan. Beneath the Oculus, a vibrant new neighborhood unfolds around the expansive Central Green. With lush planters, trees, and comfortable street furniture, the Central Green is a flexible space that can support pop-up events, music, and informal gathering. The greenery extends through the terminal’s three branches, framing boulevards of restaurants, shops, and retail that together evoke a lively Chicago neighborhood street.
A light-filled Mezzanine above the concourse houses ticketing and security for departing passengers. Culminating in a dramatic Overlook, the Mezzanine offers expansive views of the airfield beyond and of the neighborhood and gates below, helping passengers orient themselves and heightening the excitement of travel.
The new Williams Park Fieldhouse construction is well underway. The steel structure is complete and the project is on schedule to meet its completion target.SEE PROJECT
The new Williams Park Field House has finally broken ground. The event was attended by the first lady of Chicago, Amy Rule, who joined 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly and the CEO of Chicago’s Housing Authority, Eugene Jones .
The event was also well attended by members and key representatives of the community. The project will bring much needed program offerings and renewed optimism to the entire Bronzeville neighborhood.
STLarchitects placed 5th Prize in the Biomedical Science Building Competition organized by the Carlos III University and the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos of Madrid (COAM). The proposal was selected among 132 participants. The jury was comprised of José María Ezquiaga, Álvaro Soto, Francisco Rodríguez de Partearroyo, Sara Hernández Barroso, Pedro Castañeda, Manuel Desco, Carlos Delgado Kloos, Juan Manuel Moreno, José Manuel Torralba and Juan Romo Urroz.SEE PROJECT
Chicago, IL – STLArchitects is one of several world renowned architectural firms that were retained by Related Midwest to design a concept for a new super tall residential development on the old Chicago Spire site. The competition, which was managed by UK’s Malcolm Reading, was held in 2016.
STLArchitects’ conceptual design responds to the unique site conditions created at the intersection of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Designed to become a symbol for Chicago, the two super-slender towers adopt a simple yet iconic tapered geometry. The design introduces an exceptional structural design approach which completely eliminates the need for mass dampers freeing the most valuable real state space at the top of both towers. The geometry of the floor plans and the building envelope is based on a single module that provides an impressive unit flexibility and a rich façade expression.
From Chicago Sun Times: “Mayor Rahm Emanuel including a new park district fieldhouse and community center. The 10,000-square-foot facility in Williams Park is expected to feature a half-court gym and multi-purpose club rooms that could be used for meetings, exercise or various performances, according to the mayor’s office.” Read the full article.
More links of the project’s announcement from Curb Chicago here and from DNA Info here.
STL is working on a new residential project along Lincoln Avenue. Located at the corner of Cornelia and Lincoln the 18 unit residential project aims to be a reference of design and up-scale living within the neighborhood.SEE PROJECT
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This post comes to us courtesy of our colleagues at ARUP. The Lycée Francais de Chicago has been published on the May issue of Modern Steel Construction. Brian McElhatten S.E., P.E., and Chelsea Zdawczyk, P.E.. discuss the merits of steel construction in relation to the recently finished school. Follow the link for more. LINK>SEE PROJECT
STL placed as a Finalist in the CADE Competition organized by the Chicago Architectural Foundation. The jury was comprised of Stanley Tigerman, Ned Kramer, Monica Ponce de Leon, Billie Tsien and David Adjaye. The competition aims to bring together a diverse cultural and educational offering. From the competition brief, “Competitors will propose a facility that includes the new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces of the Chicago Architecture Foundation; a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a design and allied arts high school, and flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs. The Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE) will be a new kind of learning campus that simultaneously serves as a welcoming center for 600,000 annual Chicago visitors, provides a learning environment that equips young people to be stewards for the built environment in the 21st Century (and beyond), and is a hub for community engagement.”SEE PROJECT
The recently completed Lycée Français de Chicago has received LEED Certification. Congratulations to the Lycee and an expression of gratitude to Bulley and Andrews and Project Management Advisors (PMA) as well as to the group of professionals who contributed and made this certification possible.SEE PROJECT
The new STL website is up and running and we couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank everyone at STL involved in its creation. It is also the time to pay tribute to our old website which has served our company well for over 15 years. We would like to acknowledge those who participated in its design early on and the many who, over the years, have contributed to the creation of images, texts, news posts and any form of content. Thank you.
STL Architects has been selected as a finalist to design the new National World War One Memorial in Washington D.C. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission has shortlisted 5 teams from over 350 international entries to enter into a Stage II Design Phase for the new National World War One Memorial. The Commission opened an international design competition for a National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 21st, 2015. As part of America’s commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the United States Congress has authorized an enhanced and expanded World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. Sited at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Memorial will honor the 4.7 million Americans who served in the war, including the 116,516 who died, and will be a fitting addition to the national memorials to the three other great wars of the 20th century, located nearby on the National Mall. The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.
The Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been awarded the Best Project of the Year Award of 2014 by the Construction Industry Service Corporation From the CISCO press release: “The Back of the Yards Campus is a first-of-its-kind collaboration built on a 10-acre campus. The new 212,000 sf high school and 8,300 sf library offers the community access to resources of the digital age, while the campus offers access to the surrounding open space and athletic fields. The three-story, steel frame and masonry building was designed to achieve a Silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools Rating System.” Founded in 1988, the Construction Industry Service Corporation, CISCO, is a labor-management group that brings together unions of the building trades and construction contractor associations representing more than 140,000 construction workers and 8,000 union contractors in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area.SEE PROJECT
The Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been declared winner of the 2014 Merit Awards by the Chicago Building Congress in the over 55 million dollar construction cost category. The project had been selected to compete against other well known projects such as Perkins+Will’s William Jones High School, Rafael Vinoly’s University of Chicago Medicine Building, and the 500 Lake Shore Drive apartments designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Developed by Public Building of Chicago for the Chicago Public Schools, the 215,00 SF building features a pool, gymnasium, auditorium, laboratories, specialty classrooms, as well as extensive athletic facilities inclusive of a a full size football and soccer field, a baseball field, and tennis courts. In addition to these programmatic elements, the building also hosts a local branch of the Chicago Public Library. The project leverages the infrastructure of the existing library, maximizing the space’s usefulness and the project’s overall programmatic efficiency.SEE PROJECT
The innovative brick facade designed by STL exclusively for the Back of the Yards Preparatory School has been awarded the prestigious 2014 National Brick Award by the Brick Industry Association. The design features a one-of-a-kind masonry solution which achieves an astonishingly beautiful ceramic tapestry by mixing just three different types of ceramic units. STL explored the design of the unit with overall goals of increasing typical dimensions and providing a variation in unit size to promote pattern randomness. Working closely with brick suppliers and manufacturers to ensure special shapes could be produced and consulting the Masonry Advisory Council regarding constructability and budgeting considerations, STL developed a brick design based on a single nominal unit size of 4D x 16H x 8L inches. Vertical orientation of the unit was key to maintaining the 8 inch module length while increasing labor efficiency over a standard modular brick. The pattern was created by the factory blending of the three different variations of the same brick at 33% of each type of unit. The project was Awarded Best in Class in the K-12 School category.SEE PROJECT