Public Space & Masterplanning
Architecture Is fun believes that the best public spaces come about when strong architectural ideas are conceived alongside ideas of experience, flexibility, artfulness and surprise. Our team act as public space strategies, working on retail, hospitality, museum, workplace, and recreational spaces.
Workplace as Public Space
University of Chicago Lillie House
Architecture Is Fun guided University of Chicago and Lab School through visioning and master planning to conceive new teaching spaces that support civic engagement and museum like study.
What Keeps a Great Music Venue Great?
Rock ‘n’ roll addicts, we’ve spent many formative and memorable evenings, ear plugs in place, at renown rock venues. The best venues seem to have as Gibson Guitars so eloquently wrote: “…a raggedly dilapidated quality that feels part and parcel of rock music itself.” So when renovating a venue as we’re doing right now, how do we retain its inherent authenticity, vibe, and heritage?
DuPage Children’s Museum Renovation
We did it, the reviews are in and we received a 5 star rating…There were audible gasps of joy and delight. Everyone came together and with one big push…..we were open! Thank you for the passion, the hard work and the commitment that had us looking so beautiful at 4:00 today. The Mayor was truly moved and just in awe of what were able to do in a few months. ~ Sarah Orleans, President & CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum
Frost Art Museum
The renovated family gallery is “super chill,” designed to be worthy of a child’s curiosity and adult admiration, demonstrating everyone is hard-wired for creativity. The whiteness of the space serves as a blank slate for artistic expression and media exploration, from new-age technologies, including a Smart Table™, projector and iPads, to traditional art-making. It is an environment rich in evocative objects and commissioned art installations that inspire active learning, choices, and social engagement. Both orientation and terminus, the discovery gallery is “the place” that frames museum visits.
Ronald McDonald House
The house brings the serenity that families are looking for. ~ Mary Agnes Laguatan, Director of Programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities Building a multifamily “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children demonstrates the importance of building a sense of community through support, socialization, and shared experience. The three-story house nestled in a grove of trees greets families upon arrival, expressing the essence of home.