Tandem Architecture was founded on the notion of balancing the technical discipline of architecture with the free form aesthetics of design. We believe people should feel comfortable, both physically and psychologically in our buildings.

Environmental controls need to be in balance with the building envelope; the spaces must flow and meet the needs of their intended use while also satisfying the budgets and schedules of our clients.

See below for a few examples of our recent projects.


Old Irving Park Residence

Tandem was sought out to design and build a house that embodied the historic feel of an old mansion while providing the modern elements of a new luxury home. The property sits on a third of an acre, which is a rarity in the city of Chicago. We leveraged 78 custom windows to complement the large property and, at nearly 6,600 square feet, the home features a rich brick and limestone façade and slate roof. The home includes a private veranda off the home office, a covered outdoor kitchen, media room, wine cellar, and mudroom with a custom wash area […]

The Promenade at Founder’s Square

In collaboration with the City of Portage, Tandem designed a vibrant, mixed-use project for the Central Business District, totaling 346,000 square feet. Nine apartment buildings containing 304 new apartments were designed with unique elevations to create a dynamic, urban experience. The four buildings facing the town square provide nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space and housing. The site amenities include a fitness center, common lounge area, and management offices. The site features a pool and sundeck, and most of the buildings offer private garages.   Location: Portage, Indiana Architect: Tandem Architecture Developer: Holladay Properties, Inc Size: 346,000 SF

West Loop Car Gallery & Lounge

Formerly built as a warehouse in 1908, Tandem transformed the space into a private auto gallery, now home to an impressive collection of vintage European cars. The gallery features a car detailing bay, media area, and sleeping accommodations for overnight guests. An entertainment lounge was designed to host gatherings with friends, featuring a sunken bar that provides an expansive view of the collection. To maintain and celebrate the character of the building, we created a “Hopes” glass window wall to preserve the original wood columns. Tandem leveraged insulated metal panels to provide a low maintenance barrier while creating a sleek, […]

Water Street Townhome

To rebuild this Riverfront townhome in the Streeterville neighborhood, Tandem partnered with Interior Designer Suzanne Lovell. The project required a full gut remodel, modifying, reinforcing, and sound proofing the existing structure per the client’s request. The finishes are of exceptional quality; every piece of woodwork is custom-built and hand painted in a vintage, brushed finish. One of the focal points is the modern floating stair made from wood and metal. The home features hand-scraped, wide plank French oak floors, new bathrooms with Statuary marble and Waterworks fixtures, a contemporary kitchen from Bulthaup, Sub-Zero appliances, a private elevator, and a fully revamped […]

Logan Square Residence

The intended design for this project was to push the perception of new single-family architecture within Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, delivering an elevated level of interior finishes, rarely found in comparably priced homes. Tandem approached the project with a commitment to simplicity, creating a residence that emulated an underscored, modern character. The floor plan is open and the windows extend from floor to ceiling. Fluently uncomplicated, the interior elements emphasize simplicity through the cabinets, fireplace, and muted color scheme. Recognized for Outstanding Design in Architecture by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the property won a Gold Key Award and […]

Lincoln Square Residence

The design goal for this project was to create a structure that would be complemented by the surrounding neighborhood. Calling upon a modern farmhouse design, we blended the elevation into the existing landscape while delivering a contrast with elements such as a metal clad front door and integral planters. Taking advantage of its rare, corner location, we placed the front door on the side of the home to allow people to enter in through the middle of the residence. This provided the opportunity for a unique floor plan with the kitchen and central staircase at the heart of the home. The home […]