printers row


This study of and existing loft in the printer's row neighborhood of Chicago allowed for us to experiment with ideas of privacy. The original space was configured as an open loft with one private bedroom in the rear. The owners came to us with an interesting challenge, how could we re-design the space to incorporate a private guestroom, while solving their need to keep the space open? The owners also were concerned with updating their bathroom, and adding a space for the guest to have their own bathing space. Finally the last item on the owner's wish list was for an office space that would be neat, with proper storage. 

In order to solve the problem of temporary privacy we developed a wall system that would pull out to create a bedroom. The temporary wall would incorporate a door, and locking device to ensure privacy to the second bedroom. Within the same second bedroom we removed a closet to create room for a built in office and storage space. This allowed for the office to also have the ability to be closed from the main space, utilizing the same wall system. At the end of the space we proposed a shelving system that incorporated a Murphy bed, and doubled as a space to store the owner's extensive book collection. 

We also added a powder room near the master bathroom that could utilize the existing plumbing that ran through the building. In order for house guests to bathe we developed a sliding door systems that would allow for the master shower to be opened into the powder room, making it a full bath. 

Status: Study not in Construction