McKinley Park Studio

McKinley Park Studio

Architect
34-TEN
Location
Chicago, IL, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Offices
James John Jetel Photography

McKinley Park Studio

34-TEN as Architects

A Chicago photographer approached 34-TEN with a problem they needed help solving: the careful conversion of an existing 4,700 square foot bow truss warehouse into a professional photography studio.

photo_credit James John Jetel Photography
James John Jetel Photography

The renovated building needed to house staff offices, a client lounge, ample storage, and a large open space which could accommodate motion and still photography used in advertising. 34-TEN’s primary solution was to divide the space into two distinct zones—a client services zone and a photography zone.

photo_credit James John Jetel Photography
James John Jetel Photography

The two zones are separated by a 400 square foot mezzanine which allows clients to observe photography shoots from above while also providing storage of props below. The existing masonry wall at the north wall of the photography space was removed to allow for the installation of a polycarbonate daylighting system which provides diffuse and even light throughout the day.

photo_credit James John Jetel Photography
James John Jetel Photography

Simple decisions such as reutilizing existing masonry window and garage door openings allowed the owner to focus resources on new infrastructure such as heating and cooling systems, which had not been updated in the building’s 80-year history. Now the converted warehouse building is a bustling creative business, satisfying the client’s professional needs and contributing to the revitalization of the McKinley Park neighborhood.

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