Contemporary renovations and beautiful, modern residential architecture.
Contemporary renovations that enable modern living and working and beautiful, modern residential architecture. We craft inspired, high-performance, small-batch spaces with light, material and structure. Our Architecture is about comfort, mindfulness, family, food, performance and beauty. Yes, Beauty! Beauty is not about style. Our design is clean and appropriate for the client and the purpose.
makeArchitecture stands for the crafting of material, light, shadow and structure into small-batch spaces that engage, delight and renew the spirit.
We engage our clients by asking, "How do you want to live?" The answer to this question and the careful observation of the client's present circumstances form a brief that guides the design of the project.
Beauty and Performance Rooted in Your Lifestyle and Tastes
The expression of the qualities of light, the exploration of the relationship of a building to its surroundings, passive heating and cooling, and the innovative use of materials are rewarding strategies to the creation of an inspired space and mindful home or workspace. We find this approach more productive and rewarding than if limited to working in a particular style. Thus, our projects range from Victorian to Modern and we strive to make every project an original interpretation of its client and brief.
Architecture and Third Wave Coffee
Third wave coffee is about getting the inherent flavor and essence out of a particular varietal coffee bean. We believe that artisanal coffee and Architecture are like-minded endeavors. Making an Architecture project is a lot like artisanal coffee in that it is about bringing out the unique characteristics in your particular lifestyle and situation and expressing them with effects that delight, energize and renew just like a cup of one of Four Barrel’s (currently our favorite) or Passion House's small batch coffees. We focus on bringing out flavors that others may miss as our solutions are tailored specifically to the task at hand. Architecture is neither cookie-cutter, nor is it a commodity.
We consciously engage and apply this method to a wide variety of projects, from small objects like planters to interiors and architecture. This makes us better and valuable to our clients.
Green Becomes Law of the Land
A deep grasp of building science and time-honoured passive strategies like wind and passive solar combined with a knowledge of non-toxic materials give us the ability to make sustainable buildings. We have LEED resources, proven experience with CALGreen and are a member of the Active House coalition from the Netherlands. We think the latter is the best standard available as it is an integrated one. This standard also has a lower entry cost–it uses an online peer review system.
California and Scotland show us that all new buildings will be required to be green. This is a game changer.
Thus, the question becomes, "Which is better designed, more fun and productive to inhabit?"
makeArchitecture is a registered firm and a professional corporation in Illinois.
William Huchting is a registered architect and has directed makeArchitecture for well over a decade. He is formerly Associate Professor and Chair of both Architecture and the Construction Management programs at Oakton Community College. There he taught design studio, building construction, sustainability and codes and zoning. His last exhibition featured a never-before-seen model of a powerful, but little known work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. William is the editor of The Farnsworth House and is the author of the forthcoming Messy Mies + MASSIVE middle and believes that education, mindfulness, and meticulously made third wave coffee are the keys to happiness and a better life.
A graduate of IIT, William was a student of both George Schipporeit and Alfred Caldwell, the architects of Lake Point Tower and its private pocket park. Caldwell was vehement about “putting two bricks together to make Architecture.” William added shadow, texture and pattern to the flat English bonds Caldwell championed, a direction that Caldwell probably would have frowned upon, but, William surmises, would have grown on him over time. Hopefully, he is smiling somewhere today.
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