Dennis Langley, Principal
A group of separately constructed, heavy timber loft buildings were rehabilitated and converted from warehouses into affordable family housing for a Hispanic housing development group in the historic Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. 52 apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedroom units were organized around a well lit courtyard created by selectively demolishing portions of the existing structures.
Energy efficient methods of construction were employed to ensure that future utility costs to the tenants will be low, and both public areas and apartment units were designed to be accessible.
On the newly exposed courtyard and parking lot facades, the badly stained brick was painted with bright colors to break down the scale, provide a lively fašade, and to reflect warm light into the apartments.