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First Generation Imagination


Designed by famed modernist architect Bertrand Goldberg, The Astor tower was originally built as one of the ultimate luxury hotels, designed for the affluent and socially elite in the 1960s. In addition to serving as the structural prototype for other landmark buildings in Chicago, this building was strategically designed to maximize the fantastic city and lake views while featuring the most avant-garde and high-end technologies available at the time. Applying his hallmark french-style aesthetic, Goldberg made the Astor Tower an immersive experience of extravagance through his use of custom furnishing, paintings, and textiles throughout each unit while contrasting the lobby with a gleaming prism of steel and mirrors. Its private restaurant, Paris, was hidden in the basement of the building and was widely known to host royalty and celebrities alike.

The Astor Tower was converted to residential condominiums in 1979 and our clients are 1st generation inhabitants of this home. Having grown up in this building, it was important to our clients to make this space their own. In collaboration with Yu & Associates Collaborative and another prominent consulting architect, Integro partnered on this project to bring this space to life– inspiring its new generation of use while respecting the history it represents to our clients and the architecture community at large.


Our scope involves the renovation of this sprawling 3,000 square foot residence including restoration of the original parquet flooring, reconfiguration of the living spaces, a new luxurious master suite, complete update to all bathrooms, and installation of custom fabricated architectural details throughout the space.

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Gold Coast Neighborhood, IL