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the parker

The interiors of this contemporary 29-story building bridge the gap between downtown Chicago and the rapidly-developing Fulton Market neighborhood. A study in contrasts, each space was designed to feel modern yet comfortable, sleek yet cozy, and raw yet refined. 

Throughout the property, materials, finishes, art and furniture create unity, hierarchy, and distinction between the various public and private spaces. 

Present on every level, raw concrete columns expose the building’s frame and connect every space of the structure. Likewise, the exposed poured-in-place concrete core remains visible on every floor. Raw, heavy metals and dark finishes–most notably applied to the front desk and elevator banks–further expand the material expression; while wood is used on the ceiling to signal social spaces. The lobby features wood slats that extend outdoors, with all entries to collaborative spaces echoing this treatment. Outdoor gathering spaces also utilize wood, connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Street art from the site was repurposed throughout the property as wayfinding. The art brings the history of the neighborhood inside the building and creates a distinct identity for each level. Furnishings reflect the contemporary design of the building and the industrial history of the neighborhood. The pieces are raw and layered, merging black pipe, upholstery, leather, and steel into a single contemporary design. 

At the top of the building, the Penthouse Lounge offers residents a stunning gathering space. Outfitted with simple, sculptural forms, softened with woven textures and rounded corners, the design takes advantage of the sweeping downtown views afforded by the building’s rounded facade.

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