Florian Architects

We believe that architecture is a collaborative art. We actively involve our clients and builders in the design process. The image of a project is selected by the owner from a menu of potential images or concepts generated by our office as a starting point for synthesis and refinement. Contractors participate in the budgeting and quality control of each project.

Because we believe that architecture is a communicating art, brand identity must express the character and message to be conveyed to a target audience. Our work is therefore stylistically diverse. We believe a style must be appropriate before it is correct; no single style is more correct than any other. The scales and types of projects that we do are also diverse.

For Florian Architects quality design is not only the product of good proportion, form, color, and use. Conceptual design drawings, client participation, project management, construction drawings and observation are all essential to the realization of great design. No one aspect is more important than another. We enjoy the complete process, not just conceptual design.

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Chait Residence

The challenges presented in the renovation of this 4-story Victorian row house in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood were its narrow 15-foot width, the separation of formal areas on the main floor from informal lower level areas, the lack of sunlight admitted into the interior, and the absence of views to the terraced garden in back. By reducing the length of the first floor living room by five feet and repositioning the stairway to the lower level kitchen and dining room, movement between floors became more accessible. It also allowed for the creation of a 20-foot high Mondrianesque window looking onto the garden. The window is composed of various sized panes of clear and gridded glass that are framed in black metal. The clear glass panels provide views to the garden, while gridded panes obscure the alley. Award: AIA Chicago, Design Excellence Awards, Citation of Merit, 2007 Photography: Barbara Karant

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