One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

Project: MC02 / One-Bedroom Condo Unit
Architect: Ellipsis Architecture
Collaborators: Iker Gil, MAS Studio
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 725 sf
Status: Completed 2018
Brief: Interior Remodel/Redesign to a One-Bedroom Condo Unit
Services: Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Permitting, Contract Administration
Photography by Tom Harris Photography

The MC02 project is our second renovation in the iconic Marina City complex in Chicago designed by Bertrand Goldberg.

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

Throughout the years, many residential units in the complex have suffered from renovations that compromise the original spaces and intent of the architect. For this project, the goal was to develop a design template that can be referenced to return units to their original spatial and material condition while updating all its systems to current comfort standards.

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

Similar to MC01, our previous project in the building, MC02 reintroduces a spatial clarity to the unit, prioritizing key aspects of the original design by Goldberg such as its structure and minimizing the color and material palette.

kitchen, Ellipsis Architecture and MAS Studio

The unit is brought back to the original layout configuration, where closets are located in the front (narrower) area, kitchen and bathrooms concentrate in the middle area, and living room and bedroom occupy the wider area of the unit, benefiting from the south orientation and the expansive views towards the city.

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

The new continuous black floor references the original black tile floor that units in Marina City featured when the building opened. Color, finish, and pattern match that of the original floor. As the original bathrooms and kitchen were no longer in place due to a previous renovation, we designed new ones using the original layout as well as two original features: color in the kitchen and mosaic tile in the bathroom. Light fixtures in the kitchen and entrance have been custom-built to match the original ones.

bedroom, Ellipsis Architecture and MAS Studio

Ultimately, MC02 is a project that establishes a path to bring back the original spatial qualities of the residential units while updating it to modern standards.

bathroom, Ellipsis Architecture and MAS Studio

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

One-Bedroom Condo Unit Renovation in the Iconic Marina City Complex in Chicago

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