DILLER STREET THEATER

A college prepatory school in the Chicago area considered an expansion to their theater in order to accommodate a larger student body. The entire school, K-12, often meets in the auditorium for presentations. The school considered several alternatives to increase seating as well as pre-function space and a renovation of their arts building.

  • Location: Winnetka, IL

  • Design: 2010-2011

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: Phil Semon, Lisa Jacobsen

  • Rendering: Built Light

  • Photography: Grunsfeld Shafer Architects LLC

 

GARAGE MAHAL

Garage Mahal - Joliet, IL 2016-17

  • Location: Joliet, IL

  • Design: 2016-2017

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: Ben Kueck, Peter Henseler

 

GARDEN PAVILION

The challenge was to design a modern home for a family of six on a bluff site above Lake Michigan, to celebrate the lake and to simultaneously provide privacy from neighboring views and street noise. The home needed to be multi-dimensional, including activity areas for family time, work and play, and for entertainment both indoors and out. An interesting exterior material palette was requested as were the design and coordination of all interiors, including colors, finishes, lighting, furniture and window treatments. Simultaneously provide privacy from neighboring views and street noise. The home needed to be multi-dimensional, including activity areas for family time, work and play, and for entertainment both indoors and out. An interesting exterior material palette was requested as were the design and coordination of all interiors, including colors, finishes, lighting, furniture and window treatments.

 

 

KITCHEN FEASIBILITY STUDY

We developed 2 proposals to build a new open plan kitchen / family room space for a client's existing spanish villa.

  • Location: Glencoe, IL

  • Design: 2013

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: Andrew Buck, Jamie Holt

 

RAVINIA REVAMP

We were asked to do a feasibility study of Ravinia’s outdoor Pavilion. They wanted a solution to hide empty seats while maintaining / adding to visual and audio operations to create a multi-functional and adaptable venue. We gave them three solutions to consider:

1. The Balcony proposal eliminated some ground seats for a new balcony to provide more variety of seating arraangements to accomodate a variety of event types: the balcony for concerts, open flooring below balcony for catering, lawn seats, children events, etc.

2. The Screen proposal created a variety of operable panels to allow flexibility in hiding unused seats and providing backdrops for visual effects to performances. They could all be completely raised to keep the space as-is or lowered individually as needed for various events.

3. The Hanging Lights offered a more sculptural alteration to the space - providing the potential for interactive light shows around the seating arrangements and could be raised / lowered as needed.

  • Location: Highland Park, IL

  • Design: 2011

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: James Swann, Kathy Shafer

 

WILD WESTERN ABSTRACT

This was a feasibility study for a small residence in northern Illinois to determine the possibilities for a future remodel/expansion. Included was a space for displaying the Owner's western memorabilia and guitars.

  • Location: Mettawa, IL

  • Design: 2014

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: Jamie Holt

 

WOODLAND ESTATE

  • Location: Northbrook, IL

  • Design: 2015-2017

  • Design Principal: Thomas L Shafer AIA

  • Project Architect: Scott Crowe AIA

  • Project Team: Peter Henseler

  • Renderings: THOMAS SHAFER ARCHITECTS LLC