Our office was recently awarded, Best of Houzz, for 2014! This marks the third consecutive year for the award and we are extremely humbled that the work coming out of this office continues to be so well-received. We at Cook Architectural Design Studio are so client focused and design driven, we lose track of design awards on occasion, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! To checkout our Houzz profile, click here . To see our many others works, checkout our portfolio here .
During a recent trip to Las Vegas, we were able to visit the design facility of one of the country’s most predominate signage companies. Located just off of the strip, the Federal Heath Sign Company’s Las Vegas office has an incredible collection of nostalgic casino signage and hand drawn renderings of some of their major commissions. Currently holding Las Vegas’ iconic 1960’s Aladdin’s Lamp, Federal Heath is both working to preserve the rich heritage of sign making in the city and developing new fabrication techniques to keep up with the frenetic pace of semiotic representation along the strip. For our Lalique project, they used an etched piece of acrylic and LED tape lights to illuminate Lalique’s Hirondelles logo for the first time!
Always striving to be on the leading edge of product building materials, we recently met with Azek to learn the latest on their PVC trim products. Our office continues to use Azek as a superior alternative to exterior trim applications for its longevity and visual appeal. You can learn more about Azek here .
A lot of activity is happening at our current condo renovation near Michigan Avenue! Demolition is complete, and new construction is well on its way. The image on the left shows a kitchen being demolished, while the image on the right shows the same space being transformed into a conditioned wine cellar. We’ll show you the finished product in the months to come!
Although we have been specifying Velux skylights for decades, we recently completed a seminar provided by Velux to learn about their latest and greatest offerings and are already putting our new knowledge to good use! We have an addition/renovation project currently under construction in Chicago’s north shore, where the owners have chosen to use Velux’s new solar powered skylights! No wires need to be run and they are operated by remote control! Using Velux’s tax rebate program, the cost of the switching to a solar model can even be less expensive than the electrical or manual alternatives. You can learn more about the skylights here .
Using Revit in our office has many benefits including, visualization and conflict resolution. The images above are taken of the oculus in one of our new homes under construction, allowing us and our clients to see what will be the finished product prior to physical completion.
Our client has selected to use ClassicFlame fireplace inserts for their condo renovation. These ventless units provide a quality fireplace feel, but work seamlessly within the high rise condominium parameters. You can learn more about their products here .
Among the many positive features of using Revit, the 3D and rendering capabilities, give us the ability to show our clients a more accurate visualization of the designed space. The image on the left is a virtual rendering generated midway through the design process, while the image on the right is a photograph taken from a recent site visit.
Our recently completed, D.L.Couch Showroom, has been featured on the Luminii website for our use of integrated LineLED housed inside of a SlimLine extrusion to highlight the client’s products! Check out the portfolio page here .
Just in time for the polar vortex to flex its muscle on the upper Midwest, a super effective layering of closed cell foam and cellulose insulation was recently blown-in to keep this house nice and warm as construction progresses!
As the cold weather continues to bare down on the city, DNAinfo Chicago created an interactive pedway map that includes our recently completed, M Bar, located near the Metra Millennium station. M Bar is a great place to relax, warm up and avoid the freezing temperatures! Check out the interactive map here .
The Lalique crystal and furniture showroom is now under construction at the CityCenter in Las Vegas! Check back soon for completed project images!
Images of our most recent Merchandise Mart showroom have been added to our portfolio page. Click here to see images of the colorful showroom.
We have just narrowed down the entry door color on one of our current projects. The home owner selected Williamsburg Wythe Blue to help their front door stand out from the crowd. Take a look at the great new selection of paint colors from Benjamin Moore in their Williamsburg Color Collection Which one will you use on your front door?
Ellis Venia III has been added to our about page! Click here to see his profile.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio was featured in this week’s article on window treatments on Houzz.com. The article describes the subtle techniques of projects that successfully employ dark curtains in light spaces. CAds Barry Residence is featured as a prime example of how different dark hues can be layered in a window treatment to alter the scale of the space. Click here for the complete article.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio is proud to reveal its new YouTube channel where flythrough animations of some of our current and past projects will regularly be featured. As computer modeling software continues to develop, the new technology can be used to quickly generate screen shots and animations which help our clients imagine their future spaces before they are constructed.
Click here to visit our YouTube channel!
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio is featured in the winter issue of C.S. Interiors for the design of the Paulina Residence. Please click here to read the full article which focuses on the use of natural light in this new craftsman style home in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio won 1st Place with their tasty design entry in the Edible Ediface competition. The gingerbread creation, modeled after the Chicago landmark Harold Washington Library, features sweet details like piped greenery in the window boxes, patina-frosted cookies shaped into gargoyles and mouthwatering candies – supplied by Chicago’s Farley’s and Sathers Candy Company. Proceeds from the event benefit the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio applied their design skills to the art of pumpkin carving for this year’s ‘Start at the Top’ Merchandise Mart event. This event featured elaborate pumpkin designs created by designers from around the city. The pumpkins were displayed in the 18th Floor showrooms during the event and later donated to several area charities including Misericordia, Chicago Park District, and Chicago West Community Music Center. View the designs here.
Charles S. Cook, principal at COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio, was honored to be a part of this year’s Chicago VIP Luxury Summit at LuxeHome. We were particularly humbled by Christopher G. Kennedy’s gracious accoladesfor our firm’s design work during his inspirational opening remarks. Mr. Kennedy, president of Merchandise Mart Properties, acknowledged the critically important role innovative design plays in defining the character and civic culture in Chicago, specifically citing projects “designed or renovated by a great Chicago architect like…Chuck Cook”. He went on to emphasize that, “Each of you was carefully selected to be included in today’s summit. Each of you is considered the best in your field. I feel lucky to be in the same room with all of you here this morning”.
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