This project is a renovation of a 1950’s multi-unit courtyard building in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The building is an historically significant example of mid-century modern architecture. Designed by Mies van der Rohe disciple Y. C. Wong the project won a prestigious AIA National Honor Award in 1956. The scope of work is to combine two adjacent units into one large unit. FD|A’s design attempts to be in keeping with the original design aesthetic and details while creating a unique apartment designed to meet the needs of the owner. Great care has been taken to match the existing materials, details and quality of the spaces. The centerpiece of the new combined unit will be the two large central open courtyard spaces that all the program spaces and circulation paths focus onto. Because this project is a condominium remodel, FD|A believed that it was important to maintain the original brick courtyard demising wall. This would allow for ease in converting the units back into single units into multiple units in the future. We also believe this wall to be a critical controlled backdrop to the view of the courtyard, isolating the visual clutter of adjacent rooms. We did however remove four feet of brick wall on either side where the wall meets the steel frame of the unit allowing for the ability to perambulate the full courtyard, and expose the brick wall for what it is as a foil and divider of space and not a structural bearing component of the unit.