Chicago Buildings We Can All Take a Lesson To

Architects strive to incorporate innovative designs in order for their project to stand out above the rest. We can learn quite a lot from previous buildings that were winners as well as some that were losers. Let’s take a look at some of these structures that were constructed in the Chicago area.

Robie House

The Robie house by Frank Lloyd Wright is a forerunner in modern architecture. It is truly a masterpiece carved in Prairie style. Lloyd had an amazing idea by giving the entire building a unique look, creating a horizontal roofline, a wide living space in the center and overhanging eaves. Established in the year 1910 and located in 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, this house has captured the hearts of many people since its construction was completed.

Aon Center

Next in the list of beautiful buildings comes the Aon Center. Established in 1974 by Edward Durell Stone and Perkins and Will, it was the world’s tallest marble clad building having 43,000 slabs of Carrara marble.  In addition to this, it was considered the 4th tallest building in the world after its completion. Even though the design was really amazing, the façade soon started to collapse.

Aqua Tower

After the efforts of many men architects, a woman from a team of women architects, Jeanne Gang from the Gang Studio, designed a beautiful building in 2009, now known as the Aqua Tower. Its rectangular look gives it an entirely unique and splendid look. Also, the amenities used in making the building integrate the terraces in a sculptural form.

Sears Tower

When Skidmore completed this building in 1973 in South Wacker Drive in Chicago, it was one of the tallest buildings on Earth. The tower held that position till the best part of 25 years. This tower is amazing as you get to see a 360O view of Chicago from the top of the tower. If you want to enjoy the beautiful view of Chicago, the Sears tower is a must visit.

Marina Towers

Created in 1964 by Bertrand Goldberg, the Marina Towers are a bit complex and are famous for having identical floor plans and an iconic corn cob. Having all commercial and residential units, Marina Towers was designed as a self contained town.

These buildings by famous architects are just a few though as the list is never ending. If you want to know more interesting information about architecture, stay tuned for more from us!  

The Reigning Trends of Modern Architecture

There haven’t been times in architectural history where certain trends have not been making waves in the world. Every year, architects get to experiment new things, and creative residents incorporate unique details. Eventually, some of these things become so apt and impressive that they end up setting off a trend.

This year 2016 is been no exception. We have witnessed some of the most astounding and mind blowing features that were installed in buildings and made them absolutely breathtaking. Let’s delve into the great architectural trends the year has brought us:

Large windows:

Large windows are all the rage this year and they look stunning. Windows as large as the entire wall are being installed in houses. These windows connect the outside world with the inside, so people living in the house can enjoy nature, eat, sleep and read right under the open sky and people outside would catch a glimpse of the life of people living in the house. This trend is also very energy efficient. With natural lights all day long, the bills will be lesser by a large margin and the electric energy would be reduced to the minimum. With both looks and cost efficiency, this trend is a win-win.

Open layout:

Just like the trends of large windows, people are becoming more acceptable to the natural ambiance of things. Long gone are the days when living inside four contained walls was considered cool. Houses these days are larger with more space and fewer rooms. Walls are being removed to create a more open space. Living rooms are gigantic, kitchens are spacious and bathrooms are roomy. No more breathing down each other’s neck.

House drifting towards outdoors:

The living spaces are now being carried outside of the house. Outdoor kitchens and living rooms are creating great hype with the residents and rightfully so. With outdoor being an option now, people have even more living spaces, even in a small house. Besides, who wouldn’t like to have a calm and soothing time relaxing under the sun, or cooking in the warm summer breeze?

Tech-smart homes:

Why not make our house tech-friendly when smart phones and gadgets seem to be a large part of our lives? With modern gadgets like smart home systems, wifi lights, and automatic voice recognition software, why not make our house accommodate it all? That’s exactly what people are doing this year, and they are loving it!

House Architecture – The Authenticity Is In the Details

Details Are the Differences between Good Stuff and Great Stuff–Stephen Brewster

It is the teeniest and tiniest of details that could make or break things. A little flaw in an artist’s stroke, a crooked hanging picture, a clink in the armor or a missing horse’s shoe–they all might seem insignificant details but in truth, they have the power to stop the magic from happening or turn a simple thing into something truly miraculous.

So of course when it comes to shaping a house, the authenticity is in the details. Let’s look at a list of things that should be given special attention when building a home:

Lights:

Installing high-end modern light fixtures in the house is not enough to create a beautiful interior. It is important to make sure that the light is spread equally and thoughtfully throughout the house. Bad lighting is bad architecture; besides, it will destroy the whole interior of the house. Also remember to:

  • Put automatic lights on the porch.
  • Plan pre-wiring for speakers and internet outlets for future use.
  • Install lights in the attic with switches in a more accessible location.

Bedroom:

Remember the following details in your master bedroom:

  • Consider installing a sunroof in the bedroom for a beautiful interior.
  • Install lights switch next to the bed.
  • Use a theme in your bedroom and extend it to your attached bath.

Bath:

  • Make sure to build enough storage space in the bathroom to keep all your stuff without appearing cramped.
  • Install outlets in the bath too for using grooming equipment.
  • Make sure to get the plumbing lines checked for leakage and any sort of problems that might appear later.

Kitchen:

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the house. A kitchen must be built with functionality in mind. An architect must make sure of the following details:

  • The color scheme of the kitchen must compliment the home and should not be outdated. New trends in kitchens are frequent and revolving, so make sure you don’t end up with an outdated one.
  • Put a motion-sensor pantry light for convenience.
  • Make sure there are places in the kitchen to hang aprons and towels.

House’s exterior:

The first impression is always a lasting one, so no matter how awesome the interior of the house is, the exterior will be the most impressionable part. Make sure to take care of the following:

  • The exterior of the house should look simple and clean. For instance, the material choice should be thoughtful.
  • The phrase “Too many cooks spoil the broth” fits perfectly with home designing. The less is always more. If going with a scheme, then carry it all over the house.

Make sure to pay attention to the details and your house will be the best one on the block, regardless of its size.