Since 2014, Interwork Architects has been working with Duluth Trading Company (www.duluthtrading.com) on the design and implementation of new 15,000 SF prototype standalone retail stores throughout the country. Following the initial Red Feed Store prototype design, with 8 stores either built or currently under construction, we have worked with their store planning and operations groups to develop 2 additional prototype designs (Brick Garage and Old Factory) which are scheduled to be open in 2018. In addition to the free standing stores, Interwork has worked with Duluth Trading Company on tenant remodels of existing spaces, either in regional strip centers, retro fitted existing free standing retail stores or in iconic downtown buildings.
Growing from an artist’s studio into an award winning manufacturer of hand crafted wall coverings, Maya Romanoff needed to expand its operations – Interwork helped convert a vacant, forty year old warehouse into a modern office that expressed their studio roots while providing up to date manufacturing space – still reminiscent of the 19th century William Morris wallpaper factory. Hanging “festoons” of drying wall paper inspired the office’s over sized fabric wrapped sliding panels with exposed industrial hardware. Layers of Maya Romanoff fabrics, layers of patterned carpets and simple gallery white walls create a workspace that expresses the very distinct personality at the core of their mission and culture. In addition to office design and building design that re-imaged the building exterior and site, work included pre-purchase due-diligence, solving manufacturing, warehouse and logistics processes, and major upgrades to building systems.
This challenging project involved the adaptive re-use of an existing restaurant, which was somewhat of a landmark in the community, into a state-of-the-art medical office building. As a point of interest, the restaurant was owned by former Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell. Besides a total renovation of the existing 3 story building, a 2 story addition was added. The addition replicates the French country style of the original building such that the combined structure is visually seamless. The 18,750 square foot building contains 24 exam rooms, a procedure room, a blood lab, and traditional support facilities.
Situated on nearly 7-1/2 acres at the edge of a creek, this office park includes almost 2 acres of unbuildable flood plain. Transforming the flood plain into a natural prairie formed a backdrop to the office park and inspired a Prairie Style feel for the buildings. The goal of providing condominium suites as small as 1,500 square feet for small medical practices and entrepreneurial businesses, and up to 9,000 square feet for professional practices led to building sizes of 6,000, 7,500 and 9,000 square feet. The building depth of 50 feet maximizes perimeter window lines, and the operable windows allow natural ventilation, scents of prairie flowers and a connection to the to the surrounding natural setting.
Deciding to construct a new building to better suit their needs and current brand image, DuPage Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram engaged Charles River Development and Interwork Architects to implement their vision. Interwork and CRD put Chrysler standards to work while creating a new 37,500 square foot building, customized to the dealership’s workflow, on a 5.9 acre site in Glendale Heights, Illinois.
The building features a large glass enclosed sales showroom, highlighting the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles displayed within. Additionally, there are both customer and staff support areas, a two-story parts department and a state-of-the-art twenty bay automobile and truck service department.