Norman Kelley preserves “layered historical past” inside Notre retailer in Chicago


US agency Norman Kelley has merged outdated and new parts contained in the flagship retailer for clothes retailer Notre, which is housed inside a 113-year-old constructing in central Chicago. 

The Notre retailer is situated within the Fulton-Randolph Market District, a historic space throughout the metropolis’s West Loop. It occupies the primary flooring of a 1906 constructing that when housed the Edward Katzinger & Firm, which manufactured tin pans for bakeries.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

Notre gives mens attire and footwear by designers similar to Comme des Garçons, Zits Studios, Junya Watanabe, Converse, and NikeLab. The upscale store additionally sells apothecary objects and lately started providing girls’s clothes.

Previously encompassing a linear, 1,800-square-foot (167 sq. metres) house, the shop now spans four,500 sq. ft (418 sq. metres). The growth was made doable when a neighbouring artwork gallery moved out in 2018.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

The location’s historical past offered each challenges and inspiration for native structure studio Norman Kelley.

“The present situations conveyed a excessive distinction between a white wall gallery and an enormous, heavy timber construction with uncovered mechanical and fireplace security programs,” Norman Kelley mentioned in a venture description.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

The design crew opted to retain sure historic parts whereas reconfiguring the spatial situations.

“To accommodate its layered historical past, Notre aimed to switch its warehouse-gallery origins with a home enfilade, or collection of intimately interconnected low-ceiling rooms,” the crew mentioned.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

Guests enter by a 13-foot-high (four-metre) door and step into an outsized lobby with a gently sloping flooring and shallow steps. The sloped flooring was a response to an present situation – a three-foot (one-metre) grade change between the outside sidewalk and the store’s inside rooms.

The ground is roofed with over four,600 pavers manufactured from used bricks from a neighborhood provider. Lining one facet of the room is an unique brick wall that previously was coated up. Uncovered timber beams and a big picket column anchored to a concrete block trace on the constructing’s historical past.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

The sloped space – known as the “stramp”, a portmanteau of stair and ramp – serves as a dramatic entryway. It additionally acts as a gathering house for lectures, readings and different particular occasions, with the renovated Notre retailer supposed to function a cultural hub for the town.

“With its bigger and extra versatile inside, the shop will host not solely essentially the most refined number of modern designer style and streetwear within the Midwest, but additionally ongoing cultural programming that can energise Chicago’s artistic scene,” the crew mentioned.

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Customized furnishings will be introduced in to rework the world right into a micro-auditorium that seats as much as 80 visitors.

Past the lobby, guests encounter a collection of rooms with concrete flooring, partitions painted “linen white” and dropped-ceilings that conceal structural parts and mechanical programs.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

“The resultant rooms are linked solely by passing views, however in any other case are separate from one different,” the crew mentioned. “A brand new sense of retail intimacy is drawn.”

Attire is held on black metallic racks or set atop pedestals manufactured from brushed aluminium, travertine and different supplies. Oriented strand board with a white-pickled end was used to manufacture the shoe show.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

Stretching by the centre of 1 room is a 10-foot-long (three-metre) desk manufactured from powder-coated metal.

Strewn in regards to the retailer are jagged boulders that function tables or anchors for garment rods. The massive, uncooked rocks reply to the “shopper’s want to distinction a pure object with manufactured clothes”.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

Rooms are awash in impartial tones, with merchandise including dashes of color. Within the shoe space, collage-style art work by Josh Reames hangs on one wall.

Different artists whose work is featured within the store embody Michael Dopp, Tyrrell Winston and Cody Hudson.

Notre interior renovation by Norman Kelley

Past the retail zone, the crew created a studying room with an assortment of books and magazines. An unique glass block wall, which faces an exterior alleyway, was left in place, including a classic contact.

Norman Kelley was based in 2012 by Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley. Different tasks by the studio embody an Aesop retailer in Chicago’s Bucktown neighbourhood, which options reclaimed bricks organized in pinwheel patterns.

Pictures is by Chris Leh.

Norman Kelley makes use of reclaimed bricks for Aesop Bucktown in Chicago

Venture credit:

Architect: Norman Kelley (Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman, companions)
Design crew: Isabelle Reford, Abigail Chang, and Benjamin Gott
Consumer: Notre
Normal contractor: Oslo Builders
Structural engineer: Goodfriend Magruder Construction
MEP guide: Calor Design Group
Lighting: Quinn Murph
Millwork and furnishings: Navillus Woodworks, -ism Furnishings, and Jason Lewis
Paintings: Josh Reames, Michael Dopp, Tyrrell Winston, Ryan Travis Christian, Cody Hudson, Willy Guhl


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