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“…While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness…”
Read the full article here: Chicago Tribune Article October 21, 2013
“…’We were able to access the original hand drawings by (the architectural firm of) Holabird and Roche,’ Bickford said. ‘They were inspiring, and we totally gutted the building’…’This was not a renovation but a re-creation…'”
Read the full article here: Chicago Tribune Article August 11, 2013
“…William T. Bickford, and E. Austin DePree of Chicago-based architecture firm Northworks have started building weekend retreats from simply smaller to teeny tiny, for clients who realize that small = simple = real relaxation…”
Read the full article here: Chicago Tribune Magazine August 11, 2013
“…We’re working with those [architects’] legacies in a very personal way. It’s not their buildings or their plans for Chicago; it’s their resting place and the very specific symbolism of who they were and what they did…”
Read the full article here: Chicago Architect Jul-Aug 2013
“…while they enjoy Dover Sole in Champagne Truffle Sauce, we cannot get over how 5,562 square feet of utterly empty space has been transformed into one of the city’s nicest upscale eateries…”
Read the full article here: Marina City Online May 28, 2013
Thoughtfully sited on a steeply sloping hillside, this new residence in southwestern Wisconsin has been designed to provide an elegant, contemporary retreat for its owners. The form and orientation of the house accentuates the expansive, panoramic views which begin at the interior spaces and extend beyond the treetops to the rolling, wooded landscape of the preserve below.
The construction of the house employs a number of environmentally-conscious components. The lower level is designed to sit partially below grade, allowing the house to graciously converge with the slope of the natural topography while using the surrounding mass of the earth as insulation. The roof above the new garage will be fully landscaped using native prairie grasses and wildflowers. The curved standing-seam metal roof above the main volume will support an array of solar photovoltaic panels that are engineered to produce 8.5 kW of electric power to serve the entire new building.
“…Paschke worked side by side with architect Austin DePree of Northworks, a Chicago-based firm regarded for both its handsome commercial interiors (Tortoise Club, Ada Street) and its residential projects spread nationwide…”
Read the full article here: NS Modern Luxury Spring 2013
… “A renovated barn is old and full of character, simple and large in its form. It’s capable of containing a range of spaces… it’s handmade and industrial—as well as an antique that has had new life breathed into it…”
Read the full article here: Houzz 2.26.13