Type: Private Residential Condo

Program: Design / Permitting / Contract Administration

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Size: 725 sf

Status: Completed 2016

Brief: Interior Remodel/Redesign to a One-Bedroom Condo Unit

Services: Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Permitting, Contract Administration

Collaborators: Iker Gil, MAS Studio

The MC01 project is a renovation of a one-bedroom unit in the iconic Marina City complex (1959–1967) in Chicago designed by Bertrand Goldberg.

Previously renovated by a former owner, the unit had been divided into a series of disconnected spaces with multiple materials and finishes that had diminished the integrity of the original space. Our project reintroduces a spatial clarity to the unit, reorganizing the spaces and minimizing the colors and materials used, as well as building upon key aspects of the original design by Goldberg such as its structure.

The unit is organized along a reconfigured wall that runs from the entrance until the balcony. The wall conceals closets and doors, allowing the bathroom and bedroom to be connected or separated from the rest of the house as needed. A new 7’ long sliding door between the bedroom and living room allows the visual connection between both spaces and maximizes the view of the Chicago River and skyline.

The new continuous black floor unifies all the areas in the house, blending spaces and activities. It also reintroduces the original black tile floor that all the units in Marina City featured when the building opened. The oversized L-shaped countertop in the kitchen acts as a food preparation area, dining table, and work area.

A close attention is paid to the details, concealing supporting elements and highlighting key features of the house.

Overall, the careful spatial reorganization of the unit and selective use of materials and colors creates a remarkable home that highlights features of Goldberg’s original design and the city of Chicago.

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Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Recessed Lighting, and Vinyl Floor. View of Sliding Door Assembly from Living Room Photo  of MC01View Photos

View of Sliding Door Assembly from Living Room

Modern home with Bedroom, Vinyl Floor, and Recessed Lighting. View from Bedroom Photo 2 of MC01View Photos

View from Bedroom

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View of Iconic Column

Modern home with Bath Room, Enclosed Shower, Recessed Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, Vinyl Floor, and One Piece Toilet. View of Bathroom Photo 4 of MC01View Photos

View of Bathroom

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View of Sitting Area

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Existing Floor Plan

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Revised Floor Plan

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Subway Tile Backsplashe, White Cabinet, Vinyl Floor, Recessed Lighting, Drop In Sink, and Ceramic Tile Backsplashe. View Through Unit from Entry Photo 8 of MC01View Photos

View Through Unit from Entry

Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Engineered Quartz Counter, Vinyl Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Drop In Sink. View of Kitchen From Living Area Photo 9 of MC01View Photos

View of Kitchen From Living Area

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Vinyl Floor, White Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Recessed Lighting, and Drop In Sink. View of Original Kitchen Cabinets Photo 10 of MC01View Photos

View of Original Kitchen Cabinets

Modern home with Living Room, Recessed Lighting, Chair, and Vinyl Floor. View of Skyline and River from Kitchen Photo 11 of MC01View Photos

View of Skyline and River from Kitchen

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Overview

Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 725