Before & After: A Cavernous Chicago Loft Undergoes an Artistic Renovation

Vladimir Radutny Architects refines an industrial loft in Chicago, introducing a restrained palette with sculptural accents.

Dubbed the "Michigan Loft" for its covetous spot overlooking Michigan Avenue in the Motor Row district of Chicago, this transformed loft is situated in a century-old building that was initially built for automotive assembly and display. Around 2000, the building was converted to industrial style lofts. More recently, Vladimir Radutny Architects overhauled a corner unit to achieve a more functional layout and blend the industrial character of the building with refined and sculptural elements.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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