CA/ds celebrated the summer with an electric boat cruise along the Chicago River. If you are in the City and have the opportunity we highly recommend this, it’s a great way to see some of the City’s fantastic architecture from a unique perspective. Although, cruising at 5 mph will not win any speed records, it is perfect for enjoying an afternoon or evening of sightseeing.
Our talented team just got a little greener, with Mr. Venia earning his LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Venia’s accreditation underscores our teams’ commitment to a sustainable approach to all our projects. His initiative in obtaining this LEED credential is evidence of his dedication to creating a smarter built environment.
Last time we checked in on our Michigan Avenue condominium project, demolition was complete and framing was started. Since then rough carpentry has been completed, the floors are laid and finish trim is being installed. Construction is moving at a steady pace, so make sure you come back to see finished photos of this renovation/combining of two units into one residence with spectacular skyline views in all 4 directions.
We met with KONE to learn more about the MRL elevators that require less space and use less energy than a typical elevator. With their new Ecospace and Monospace lines, the controller can be conveniently located in the jamb of the elevator opening eliminating the need for control rooms or closets. This is great for building owners and building designers! If you want to learn more about KONE and their products, you can visit their website here .
Our project on the shores of Lake Michigan is nearly complete. If you have been following our blog with regularity you can now see the Benjamin Moore “Williamsburg Wythe Blue” color on the front door. The owner is currently working to select a complementary blue for the porch ceiling, bringing some southern tradition to their Chicagoland home. Did you know in the South that it is believed that a blue porch ceiling brings good luck and acts as an insect repellent? Urban legends aside, the blue color will be a beautiful accent to this entryway. Click here for more interesting reasons to paint your porch ceiling blue.
Versa Lift manufactures attic storage lift systems for residential applications. We are currently installing this lift system to ease the burden of moving things to and from storage in the attic space. To learn more about Versa lift and their lift system options checkout their website here .
Mr. Cook has received his license to practice architecture in the state of Georgia for our latest project; a new vacation home on Lake Lanier, outside Atlanta. Come back to watch the progress on this project!
Recently, FiberFrame dropped by the office to give us insight into what’s new with their fiberglass windows, doors and sunrooms. Fiberglass offers many great features including, strength of material, energy efficient, lifespan and durability. Our office has used fiberglass windows in the past with very good results, so these products shouldn’t be overlooked! To learn more about FiberFrame and the fiberglass application, check them out here .
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio recently completed their second art-deco inspired showroom for Lalique crystal in Las Vegas. Prominent running black lacquered trim and leather panels, required meticulous attention to detail by all project members to achieve the high end look required by the client. Having attended the Grand Opening of the new Lalique boutique, celebrity journalist Robin Leach is quoted as saying, “It may well be the most beautiful jewel-box boutique on the Strip” in the May 7 edition of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.
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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