ARCHIPHONIC, a Liverpool-based architectural design business, has been been instructed to complete the interior design phase of the Chicago Building’s renovation.
Planning to create five studio,12 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom apartments across four floors, all located around an existing atrium, was agreed in February.
After working with the practice on the 17,000 sq ft scheme’s earlier phase, property owners Sara and Hossein Asset Holdings invited the ArchiPhonic team back to complete interior design proposals for the building, situated in the Matthew Street area.
Architect Harriet Powell-Hall from ArchiPhonic, said: “As the strip-out begins we’ll be able to get to the bones of the building and understand it on a deeper level, which will inform our interior design proposals.
“Our intention is to work with the fabric of the building – the steel beams and exposed brick – and enhance what is there, to create a positive experience for future residents, offering a bigger mix of unit types, better circulation and far more natural light.”
Referencing the Chicago Building’s place in the city’s heritage, as the former location of Hessy’s Music Centre, where The Beatles once bought their instruments, Harriet also added: “We will also seek to identify ways to maintain and reference its musical heritage and its connections to the wider history of the city.”
Work on the building will be predominantly internal, with the facade being retained to maintain the building’s heritage and preserve the area’s character and appearance.