Elegant studios, clean kitchens, Ohio Chabad Center get big praise at Chicago small projects awards

P. K. VanderBeke's Live/Work Gallery (Janet Mesic Mackie)

P. K. VanderBeke’s Live/Work Gallery (Janet Mesic Mackie)

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects this week honored tiny, often overlooked work in its fifth annual small projects awards, set to take place May 1 at Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts.

Architect P.K. VanderBeke took home top honors for her firm’s Live/Work Gallery project, a “romantic ruin” sheltered within a century-old factory building in Chicago.

Seven firms won additional awards for a variety of work, including a “box within a box” studio by Froeilich Kim Architects, Dirk Denison’s cast aluminum table, and an elegant kitchen from MAS Studio. One winner was for work on another award trophy—MGLM Architects were recognized for designing a new Acanthus Award for the Chicago-Midwest Chapter of the Institute of Classic Architecture & Art.

AIA Chicago executive vice president Zurich Esposito said the focus on small projects highlights good design work that isn’t often celebrated.

“With the improved economy, home and business owners are getting back to expansions, or thinking about tackling improvement projects,” Esposito said in a statement, “and it pays to hire an architect.”

Six firms also received citations of merit. View a complete list of winners on AIA Chicago’s website.

Here are some more photos of the P. K. VanderBeke’s Live/Work Gallery by photographer Janet Mesic Mackie (unless otherwise noted), provided by AIA:

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