Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise {Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise} – English

Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise {Tour Populus, Architect Jeanne Gang’s First Colorado High-Rise} – English

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Architect Jeanne Gang’s designs have been called daring, visionary and neighborhood-regenerating, but when describing her first Colorado project that takes shape at the intersection of Colfax Avenue, 14th Street and Court Place, the best term may be “city-defining.”

Called Populus, in honor of the aspen tree (Populus tremuloides) that inspired its design, the structure’s unique fenestration evokes the eye-like patterns on an aspen’s trunk. “On the exterior, the ‘lids’ of each window stretch outward according to solar orientation to shade the interior, improving the building’s energy performance,” says Jon Buerge, chief development officer at Denver-based Urban Villages, the firm behind the project. “The windows change in size in response to how an [interior] space is used, mirroring the growth patterns of aspens.”

The 13-story mixed-use building—slated for completion in 2023—will include a 250-key hotel, 40 micro-apartments, event spaces, multiple food and beverage offerings, and a rooftop bar and view deck. It’s a building “that is worthy of Denver’s rising prominence on the national and international stage,” Buerge says, and “an impressive architectural legacy for generations to come.”

PHOTO COURTESY STUDIO GANG

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Beauty Meets Sustainability In These Boutique Condo NYC Homes {Beauty Meets Sustainability In These Boutique Condo NYC Homes} – English

Beauty Meets Sustainability In These Boutique Condo NYC Homes {Beauty Meets Sustainability In These Boutique Condo NYC Homes} – English

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A new, ground-up, boutique condominium on the Upper West Side is angling to become the most sustainable in New York City and interior designer Alyssa Kapito is the creative force behind its seven one-of-a-kind, full-floor homes.

With luxury, wellness, and sustainability as guiding principles, BKSK Architects designed and engineered the nine-story Charlotte of the Upper West Side to exceed the energy and ventilation standards of the German-based Passive House Institute. Kapito stepped in to collaborate on interior finishes—think, white oak floors and Cream de Lyon marble bathrooms.

Her model units are composed in soft, neutral tones and natural materials, showcasing both custom furniture of her design and vintage pieces by midcentury French and Swiss makers, like Charlotte Perriand, Jean Royère and Pierre Jeanneret, as well as a pair of shearling-clad chairs by Danish designer Philip Arctander.

“Sustainability and wellness are at the forefront of our minds,” said Kapito. “Design isn’t just about beauty, it’s also about craftsmanship, quality and lifestyle.”

Designer Alyssa Kapito poses

Designer Alyssa Kapito

PHOTOS: PORTRAIT, COURTESY ALYSSA KAPITO. VIGNETTE, COURTESY CHARLOTTE OF THE UPPER WEST SIDE.

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Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East {Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East} – English

Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East {Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY CIRRUS + CASCADE

A new development in Chicago’s Lakeshore East incorporates the concept of biophilia, or the human desire to live among nature, through a verdant indoor amenity. The Conservatory, a shared space connecting the 350-unit condo tower Cirrus and the 503-unit apartment building Cascade, is filled with flora and fauna and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Cascade Park.

Abundant natural light, lush plants (think fiddle leaf figs and bamboo), wood-block flooring and polished stone allow residents to enjoy natural surroundings no matter the weather. “Over the past year, we have been reminded of the importance of being connected to the outdoors,” says Linda Kozloski, creative design director with Lendlease, a developer on the project. “This renewed interest in the natural world, including its role in supporting our physical and mental well-being, has made biophilic design a guiding principle in new residential communities.”

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What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location {What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location} – English

What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location {What’s In Store At Arhaus’ New Chicago Location} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY ARHAUS

Globally inspired heirloom-quality furniture brand Arhaus has relocated to Oak Brook Center, the upscale shopping destination in the western Chicago suburbs. The new two-floor, 18,000-square-foot store, which opened in February, offers a shoppable showroom of indoor and outdoor furniture and decor as well as in-person and virtual design services. In celebration of the new store, Arhaus partnered with DIOP, an African-inspired label whose new line of pillows debuted at this location.

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Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East {Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East} – English

Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East {Live Among Nature At This Development In Chicago’s Lakeshore East} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY CIRRUS + CASCADE

A new development in Chicago’s Lakeshore East incorporates the concept of biophilia, or the human desire to live among nature, through a verdant indoor amenity. The Conservatory, a shared space connecting the 350-unit condo tower Cirrus and the 503-unit apartment building Cascade, is filled with flora and fauna and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Cascade Park.

Abundant natural light, lush plants (think fiddle leaf figs and bamboo), wood-block flooring and polished stone allow residents to enjoy natural surroundings no matter the weather. “Over the past year, we have been reminded of the importance of being connected to the outdoors,” says Linda Kozloski, creative design director with Lendlease, a developer on the project. “This renewed interest in the natural world, including its role in supporting our physical and mental well-being, has made biophilic design a guiding principle in new residential communities.”

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The Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes An Artful Renovation {The Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes An Artful Renovation} – English

The Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes An Artful Renovation {The Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes An Artful Renovation} – English

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PHOTO COURTESY EQ OFFICE

If you haven’t been to Willis Tower in a few years, this iconic piece of the Chicago skyline looks very different. The 110-story building has been undergoing a $500 million-plus redevelopment since 2018, with changes including the addition of Catalog (a dining, entertainment and community area) as well as meeting and event space, restaurants (including Tortazo by Rick Bayless), an outdoor terrace and garden, and a soaring skylight.

The most recent addition? Atmospheric Wave Wall by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (top), a public art installation that captures shifting sunlight on the street level of the tower along Jackson Boulevard. “The design creates a new relationship between building and streetscape, drives community and connection, and engages visitors in an experience truly unique to Chicago,” says Todd Heiser, managing director at Gensler Chicago, the architect behind the transformation.

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A Lineup Of Artistic Touches Makes A Denver Dwelling A Home Run {A Lineup Of Artistic Touches Makes A Denver Dwelling A Home Run} – English

A Lineup Of Artistic Touches Makes A Denver Dwelling A Home Run {A Lineup Of Artistic Touches Makes A Denver Dwelling A Home Run} – English

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In truth, the couple was thinking more about the land than the house when they purchased a large Wash Park lot with a multi-family building on it. “We wanted a backyard where we could throw a baseball with our kids,” remembers the husband. But soon, the architecture enthusiast looked beyond games to something more. “I grew up in Chicago, and that gave me a taste for good architecture,” he says.

The most important directive became creating a home that was modern but also fit in with the historical homes in the area. Noting that their work is all about context, Davis says they were up for the challenge. “We paid a lot of attention to materiality to make it happen,” he says. “For example, the mortar lines are thinner, and the rafters are exposed—just like some of the classic bungalows you see in the neighborhood. We took these features, which were popular 70 years ago, and used them in a modern way.”

Architect Kevin Stephenson, co-founder of the firm, says that stripping such classic elements to their essence often provides a fresh take. “There’s the perception that bigger and shinier is better,” he says. “But we find that if you minimize the materiality and the composition of a home, less can be more—and that’s what we did here.”

Inside, a striking staircase connects the home’s three levels: The lower level is a dedicated children’s play zone; the middle level houses a kitchen, family room and living room; and the upper levels are bedrooms. The floating staircase is marked by its open nature, with a handsome wood screen separating it from the kitchen area. “The couple was clear about wanting to be connected with their children, who are still young, while they played downstairs,” says Stephenson. “In our projects, we strive to make things that are functional yet beautiful, and that’s the case with this staircase. It’s celebrated here as a piece of sculpture and walking up and down it is a kinetic experience.”

Artistic touches also reign in the kitchen, where a striking black-and-white marble backsplash was chosen because it reminds the husband (a doctor and an artist) of the work of one of his favorite painters, Franz Kline. “We had imagined this as being a solid Carrara marble piece, but when we saw this stone, we spotted a new opportunity,” says Stephenson. “By cutting it and matching it, it became a dramatic feature.” Designer Jessica Dornan, who worked with the couple on all of the spaces save for the living room, says the burnished- brass accents make the stone sing. “The color of the range hood, the faucet and the counter stools underline this feature as a focal point,” she says.

In the living room, furnished with the help of designer Jayna Barber, the focal point—a large, wall-spanning fireplace composed of Summit Brick in Winter Sky—is more than a pretty feature. “It not only adds a nice materiality to the room, but also privacy by screening a view of a nearby neighbor,” says Davis. “We added metal panels to the long firebox to visually extend it and make it fit with the scale of the surround.”

As the homeowners envisioned, the backyard— designed by landscape architect Ariel Gelman—has been the scene of many baseball games. “Given how many windows we have, it’s amazing we haven’t broken one,” the husband jokes. Turning serious, he notes, “The value of good design isn’t something I fully appreciated until now. It has made our life at home better and more comfortable.” Consider it a home run.

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Connect With Other Women Leaders In This Bold Chicago Coworking Space {Connect With Other Women Leaders In This Bold Chicago Coworking Space} – English

Connect With Other Women Leaders In This Bold Chicago Coworking Space {Connect With Other Women Leaders In This Bold Chicago Coworking Space} – English

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RENDERING COURTESY CHIEF CHICAGO

Here’s hoping 2021 will lead to days of working outside of our homes again—and women leaders in Chicago have a new option in Chief.

Going beyond a typical coworking space, this exclusive club opened last fall (also with locations in New York and Los Angeles) is designed to help female executives connect and support other women leaders. Applicants must be C-level or a rising VP in their company to be accepted.

Such a high-caliber group demands a high-caliber design, which is what New York-based firm AvroKO delivered. “Chief members have access to plentiful office space between traditional offices at their companies and homes, so Chief Chicago is intended to be an alternative—an impressive and bold space to foster connections with other members, bring teams and guests for meetings, and pop in for the programming and notable female speakers,” says Kristina O’Neal, AvroKO cofounder and principal.

Among the spaces: A lounge with various creative hubs and break-out areas, meeting rooms, private call rooms with cozy seating, and a mothers’ room. Complementing Chief Chicago’s West Loop location, the design features large, factory-style windows, exposed mechanical fasteners and timber ceilings, yet is a departure from other industrial Fulton Market buildings with touches like floor-to-ceiling saturated colors and plush, oversize seating.

Unique details such as banquettes for 12 around a wood column, a custom chandelier above the bar, and drawings and paintings by female artists inspire a sense of creativity. While the design of each of the three locations of Chief so far is varied, they’re unified by the signature deep-green paint—a color associated with growth, energy and calm, things we could all use more of right now.

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Tour An Artful NYC Aerie That Redefines Open-Concept Living {Tour An Artful NYC Aerie That Redefines Open-Concept Living} – English

Tour An Artful NYC Aerie That Redefines Open-Concept Living {Tour An Artful NYC Aerie That Redefines Open-Concept Living} – English

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The condo’s location appealed with its views of the Hudson River and Central Park, and a convenient bridgeway connecting directly to Lincoln Center, but the floor plan needed updating. The client knew she wanted to make a few key changes, including expanding the kitchen and removing a wall or two. She called upon general contractor Bill Cooper, who had renovated numerous units in the building, who then suggested she connect with architect Joseph McGuier.

“When we first spoke, she had in mind a smaller project. But after we met and I observed her personal style and listened to how she was speaking about the apartment, I knew I could show her something much more interesting,” says McGuier, whose multidisciplinary firm also handled the interior design. “I could tell from the beginning that she was receptive to unconventional ideas.” His bold suggestion: sacrificing one bedroom to make a larger living area, and removing all walls, save one for privacy in the main bedroom and bath. “She took a leap with us,” he says.

After taking out “everything that wasn’t bolted down,” McGuier began imagining how to redefine separation of space by layering in architectural volumes of varied heights, shapes and materials. Cooper oversaw all construction, or deconstruction, as the case may be. “The building’s all-glass façade combined with the elimination of walls allows for an unbelievable amount of natural light,” says Cooper, to which McGuier adds, “the incredible view hits you when you walk in the door.”

A graceful curve to the foyer wall leads the eye into the living space, where two standing crystal sculptures punctuate the sight line. This streamlined flow reflects the client’s love of simplicity and minimalism—influences from her Japanese heritage. “Because she lives alone and has grown children, we could make the space be all for her. We didn’t need to satisfy some of the practical concerns that families have,” says McGuier. “This is very pure to the way she lives.”

Still, there were puzzles to solve, like how to delineate work space from living space, and how to incorporate columns, pipes and utilities that couldn’t be moved. At every turn, McGuier turned obstacles into art: columns were embellished with a plaster finish for added interest, and on an elevated terrazzo plinth in the living area, the client’s desk is tucked behind hand-painted Japanese-style screens along walnut veneer millwork—the backside of which doubles as her closet. When dangling telephone wires bisected the main bedroom space, McGuier hid them within a swivel mirror atop a custom white oak fluted dresser that, as a freestanding piece, takes on sculptural qualities. Meanwhile in the kitchen, an unmovable gas pipe was wrapped in blackened steel to echo other metal accents, including hand-rubbed bronze upper cabinets and a custom metal dining table designed to enfold another large column. “If you can’t hide it, might as well celebrate it,” says the architect, who worked with team members Kristine Keenan, Austin Woodruff and Asha Llewellyn on the project.

“Joe pushed me to incorporate art as part of the design process. We chose works of art, like the plaster wall sculpture over the bed, as if we were choosing pieces of furniture,” says the homeowner. As a former knitwear designer, she also gave particular care to textile selections. “I’ve sewn all my life; fabrics are second nature to me,” she says. Drawn to sumptuous fibers and intriguing details—like the yellow leather cuff on the dining room chairs—she confesses, however, that she never envisioned purchasing swivel chairs of fuzzy shearling leather.

The condo was a true collaboration, one that evolved organically throughout the two-year process. “We really had a blank canvas. I loved working with Joe and helping design as we went along,” says the home owner, who ended up being so pleased with the outcome that her intended pied-à-terre has become her primary residence. Adds McGuier: “Our success was in large part due to how open-minded and adventurous our client is. She gave us lots of freedom, but her hand is evident in so much of this.”

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Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City {Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City} – English

Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City {Billionaire Ron Perelman Lists $60 Million Home In New York City} – English

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Last fall, Perelman unofficially shopped the property with a few “quiet” showings for around $65 million, along with a smaller, connected townhouse for a total of around $75 million.

 

That was part of an extraordinary sell-off that included art, one of his Gulfstream jets and a yacht — part of a strategy to “simplify” his life, Perelman said at the time, all while his business had to react to the pandemic-stricken economy.

 

Read the full story on the New York Post here.

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