Chicago Department of Transportation / Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike PathMuller2 provided conceptual and detail design of all elements for the new Navy Pier Flyover elevated lakefront path. The new path is designed to provide safe passage for bikers, joggers, and the general public though a congested portion of Chicago’s heavily used lake front. The path is raised above the congestion on a distinctive spine like structure traversing approximately 1/2 mile. It weaves between and over many obstacles including buildings, roads and a canal.
Navy Pier Flyover Lakefront Bike Path
City of East Chicago, Indiana / US 12 Pedestrian BridgeM2 is providing conceptual and detail design for a new pedestrian bridge that will replace an aging and functionally obsolete pedestrian bridge. The new contemporary bridge will provide a safe and convenient passage over US Route 12 in the City of East Chicago, Indiana. The bridge uses a canted arch cable support structure to provide a dramatic new landmark presence in the center of town. It crosses diagonally over US Route 12 at an important juncture adjacent to the local library, City Hall, police headquarters and a nearby school. Gentle ramps weave through a raised park like landscape to provide easy access to the crossing. The bridge and landscape work together to create a memorable new gateway to the city.
US 12 Pedestrian Bridge
Forest Preserves of Cook County / Skokie Lagoons BoathouseM2 has been retained by the Forest Preserves of Cook County to plan and design a new boathouse adjacent to the Tower Road Boat Launch at Skokie Lagoons. The project goals are to develop a building design that is architecturally significant, high profile, and yet scaled to the surroundings and sensitive to the ecological conditions of the site. This eagerly anticipated new boathouse will provide a permanent facility for canoe and kayak rentals to replace a very popular boat rental location currently operating out of a temporary facility. All new facilities and site elements will provide full ADA accessibility.
Skokie Lagoons Boathouse
City of Chicago / Chicago Cultural Center Master Plan StudyM2 is providing a Master Plan Study for activating additional program spaces and creating an outline for improving existing infrastructure to create more interest, excitement, and visitor traffic to the Cultural Center. The landmarked building, built as Chicago’s Central Library in 1897, celebrates an eclectic mix of cultural media interweaved with administrative offices. M2 was tasked to develop a logical order to the building and capitalize on underutilized opportunities discovered at the roof and central light core. M2 offered more flexible use of the spaces while consolidating program spaces within a “cultural mainstreet” on the busy first floor of the building.
Chicago Cultural Center Master Plan Study
“The silo will be a beacon and bring recognition to the area and create a memorable vision for all.” -Mayor Dale Berman
Village of North Aurora / Silo ParkMuller & Muller, Ltd. (M2) has been retained by the Village of North Aurora to transform a village owned concrete silo, uniquely situated along the Fox River, that will become a significant point of interest along the Fox River Trail. Standing at nearly 100-feet tall, the height of the structure will be utilized to strengthen North Aurora’s identity along the heavily used trail, with great potential to highlight this beacon with accent lighting.Repurposing the silo offers a great opportunity for a playful recreational space with an impressive civic presence. The project includes new restrooms, an integrated play/recreation feature, a path-level observation pedestrian bridge and deck, and a rooftop observation deck.
Adler Planetarium / Doane Observatory RenovationM2 worked with Troop Contracting for the Design/Build renovation of the 1977 Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium. Renovation involved creating a new, accessible multi-purpose gallery space, ideal for hosting educational programs, public observation, and special events. The new doors and windows provide visitors an unparalleled view of Lake Michigan. The new outdoor stair and ramp on the south side of the building are part of a larger vision to mirror the stair and ramp on the north side, creating a plaza for gatherings. The Observatory still serves its original function, housing a 20-inch mirrored telescope and supporting research of Adler astronomers. Renovation included the addition of a steel stair, enhancing traffic flow between the telescope room and the observation…
Doane Observatory Renovation
Fleet and Facility Management / Chicago Riverwalk East Master PlanChicago’s Downtown Riverwalk has exploded in popularity in recent years and has quickly risen to one of the top five visitor destinations in the state. As a result, the City contracted with M2 to develop a masterplan to address items, such as: improved wayfinding, new vendor opportunities, improved circulation, additional restrooms, and various amenities/benches. The popularity of the Riverwalk has also necessitated the need to increase ‘back-of-house’ operations and M2 has developed concepts to improve deliveries and vendor storage, add new public safety offices, and relocate or expand administration and maintenance offices.
Chicago Riverwalk East Master Plan
Walker Art Center + Theaster Gates / Black Vessel for a SaintMuller2 provided full architectural services for the design development and construction of a new sculpture by renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.The cylindrical form is inspired by the Tempietto, a renaissance tomb. The walls of the structure are built of custom made curved bricks, manufactured with recycled brick materials, and finished with a special black glaze. The metal doors and top-piece are corten steel, a material chosen for its weathering properties. The intent of the artist was for the entire sculpture to change over time as it is exposed to the changing seasons. The saint housed on the interior is St. Laurence, the patron of librarians and archivists.
Black Vessel for a Saint
Chicago Department of Transportation / Solidarity Drive UnderpassMuller2 provided architectural conceptual design, detail drawings, and construction services for a new underpass and modified turnaround at Chicago’s Museum Campus. Construction was completed in June of 2009. M2 began working with H.W. Lochner, Inc. and the City of Chicago Department of Transportation to investigate options for increased safety and accessibility for both Lakefront trail users and nearby museum patrons. M2 provided the client with numerous design options and guided all interested parties, including the Department of Transportation, the three museums at the nearby Museum Campus, and the Chicago Park District through aspects of each design. M2 facilitated participation and open communication between parties which resulted in an elegant and functional design.
Solidarity Drive Underpass
Chicago Department of Transportation / Streets for Cycling Plan 2020Muller2 worked as a consultant to Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) for the CDOT Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. The Plan identifies a 600-mile citywide bike network of existing and proposed bike routes that can be improved or constructed by 2020. M+M worked with SSE and Alta Planning to assemble a Facility Design Guide that will be used as a basis for selecting the appropriate bike route facilities and treatments to be used to implement the plan throughout the City. M2 worked with SSE and CDOT to develop impressionistic renderings of the bike route classifications as they may appear on Chicago’s streets and produced a series of presentation boards to be used for Public Outreach and Information.
Streets for Cycling Plan 2020
Millennium Park Bike Station
Chicago Department of Transportation / Millennium Park Bike StationMuller2 designed this commuter station to provide amenities to bicyclists in downtown Chicago. It includes storage for 300 bikes, shower and locker facilities, bike repair, rest rooms, and headquarters for the Chicago Lake Front Police. Entry is through a dramatic glass atrium leading to the mostly below grade facility. The atrium employs unique energy efficient design elements as prominent architectural features. The walls are shaded by climbing plants which allow for views out while changing the interior lighting with the seasons. Translucent photovoltaic arrays are visible through the glass ceiling, casting dappled patterns of light into the space.
Millennium Park Bike Station
Museum Campus 11th Street Station
Metra / Museum Campus StationThe new Museum Campus Metra station is incorporated into the new 11th Street pedestrian bridge as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of south grant Park. Muller2 provided planning and full architectural design services for the new station and the new pedestrian access to the museum campus at 12th street. The massive project included a complete new station connecting the city and museum campus via a new bridge and underpass. The station work included stairs, elevator towers, new platforms and associated catenary work and was constructed without disruption to train schedules. Through careful planning this project has connected the city and a major transit resource with its popular lake front tourist destinations.
Museum Campus Station
41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations
Chicago Park District / 41st Street + Osterman Comfort StationsM2 provided full architectural services to the CPD for two new comfort stations to service the beach and Lakefront Trail with public rest room facilities, a life guard station, and a concession area. M+M received LEED Silver certification for Osterman and LEED Certification for 41st Street. The buildings are naturally ventilated and tubular skylights bring natural daylight to public spaces providing enough light to eliminate the need for artificial lighting. A rainwater harvesting system captures and filters 100% of rainwater on the roof for use in flushing fixtures in the building. Educational signage and a glimpse of the rainwater tank from within the rest rooms invites the public to understand why it is important to incorporate sustainable strategies into buildings.
41st Street + Osterman Comfort Stations
A Journey Through Space and Time
Adler Planetarium / Adler Cosmology GalleryM2 provided full architectural services for the design and construction of a new cosmology gallery at the Adler Planetarium. The Universe: A Journey Through Space and Time takes visitors back 13.7 billion years to the beginning of the universe and takes them on a journey through how stars, planets, galaxies, and even the atoms in your body all came to be. The gallery features multiple multi-media interactives that gets users of all ages engaged with the wonders of our universe. M2 worked hand-in-hand with cosmologists and museum experience designers from Adler to bring this immersive space to fruition. A tight budget and fast time line had M2 working very closely with lighting designers, exhibit designers, fabricators, multi-media designers, and the…
Adler Cosmology Gallery
“A River that is A Park
A Park that is A River.”
City of Aurora / Aurora RiverEdge ParkAurora's RiverEdge Park's extensive program includes a park amphitheater, pedestrian bridge, river walk, botanical garden, outdoor public marketplace, and an environmental education center. The project unites a cohesive urban park with enhanced pedestrian circulation through new promenades and bridges, making the park both a destination and a gateway providing connections to the adjacent downtown developments, as well as to the greater Fox River region. The first phase focused on the addition of a new, major outdoor performance venue, The John C. Dunham Pavilion, and festival grounds. M2 worked with the City of Aurora to bring to life their vision for a treasured public place to its users. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a variety of events in the venue.
Aurora RiverEdge Park
Muller&Muller, Ltd. provided full architectural services for the design and construction of a memorial dedicated to all United States submariners past, present and future.
The memorial is centered around a water tight door from a decommissioned United States Naval Submarine that frames the view of the LSD bridge where 28 Gato Class submarines past under on their way from Manitowoc, Wisconsin on their way to be commissioned for battle in WWII. From the start of the project, M2 has worked closely with the Veterans group who first envisioned the memorial to create a subtle but powerful site specific memorial and plaza. M2 worked closely with the Submarine Veterans Group to coordinate design and content for this important memorial.
Chicago Department of Transportation / WWII Navy Submarine Veterans Memorial
WWII Navy Submarine Veterans Memorial