Mark Olson is an Architect serving Chicago neighborhoods Gold Coast Old Town Lincoln Park Wicker Park Bucktown West Loop South Loop
New Construction Home

Elmhurst, IL.

This new construction single family home in Elmhurst, Il. brings a refined Cote D’ Azure elegance in it’s simple massing and clean lines articulated by classical limestone coursing patterns to the tree city community. Blending French and Mediterranean stylistic cues with it’s modestly elegant Midwestern neighbors, this home makes a great addition to [...]

Mixed Use

Noble Square

Proposed retail mixed use building in the Noble Square neighborhood of Chicago. Located across from Ekhart Park with sweeping views of the city skyline, the proposed structure borrows it’s traditional shape from the 19th century structures dominating the neighborhood while introducing contemporary elements such as the east facing glass wall and inset balconies [...]

Chicago Kitchen Renovation

Chicago, IL.

Modern Kitchen design in Chicago’s Gold Coast featuring Italian made cabinets with crushed glass countertops and backsplash. Owner wanted to update a bland mid century condo in a north side high rise on a great block with spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan. The millwork’s precision assembly allows for clean [...]

Chicago Condo Renovation

Chicago, IL.

Renovation of a Gold Coast high rise condominium unit including complete demolition of 1960’s era efficiency kitchen and new layout to modernize the apartment with an open, spacious design. The owner can now entertain in their condo comfortably with wet bar, new lighting and better traffic flow. This unit went from having [...]

Barcelona Tower Competition

Barcelona, Spain

Proposed precast concrete tower in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain directly across from the Plaza del MACBA serving as a youth hostel. The tower introduces a series of voids and projections in order to create a textured facade whereby inhabitants can commingle along the cliff like exterior. The precast panels are arranged [...]

Suburban Bank Renovation

Du Page County, IL.
In progress renovation to an existing suburban bank. New architectural ceiling elements build off existing framing to lower cost while improving definition of new teller line. The design increases traffic flow within the lobby while separating walk up traffic from banker offices.

Home Addition

Du Page County, IL.

Home addition in Glen Ellyn where a traditional four square is added onto with craftsmen style touches and traditional masonry details. The build allowed for an additional 800 square feet to be added almost seamlessly with the existing house and roof line. The addition makes use of a transitional mud [...]

Modern Bathroom Renovation

Chicago, IL

Modern bathroom renovation in Chicago, IL. The ceiling was raised into the attic space to create a vault and a sliding glass wall added to separate the bathroom from the master bedroom to create a true master suite. Linear wall tiles and a continuous, custom built lavatory continue through the glass to [...]

Vertical Spa

Rome, Italy

2010 Competition entry sponsored by Arquitectum and Istituto Nazionale di Architettura for a vertical spa complex among the ruins of the old city in central Rome directly across the street from the coliseum. The competition is meant to ask what is the proper way to approach historic city centers and do we treat [...]

Urban Renewal Townhomes

Elgin, IL

This project is a multifamily project which reclaimed former Industrial land along a major river in a former mill town outside of Chicago. Long vacant these parcels sat idle along an active riverfront near an attractive cluster of historic commercial structures and stately masonry warehouse buildings being actively redapted for retail and commercial [...]

Rooftop Deck

Chicago, IL

New rooftop deck in in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago complete with vegetative planter trays, LED strip lighting and custom seating. This roofdeck is designed for easy roof maintenance and accessibility and has the option to expand in the future due to it’s modularized construction technique.

City Home

Chicago, IL

Proposed single family residence in upscale Chicago neighborhood, with classical limestone detailing and artisan crafted metal railings. The main challenge of this type of home is keeping in character with the classical elements of the older homes on a block while complimenting the neighboring modern construction for a compositional whole. As always, [...]

Block Renovation

Chicago, IL

Renovation and modernization of 3 abandoned homes and the construction of a new 3 story row-house in a blighted area of Chicago. Almost one third of the lots in this neighborhood are vacant and much of the housing stock is need of serious investment for repair and modernization. Although declared blighted the [...]

Gold Coast Condo Rehab

Chicago, IL

This kitchen renovation took a 1960’s era high rise unit and open the kitchen up to the living room allowing for a breakfast bar to separate the two rooms. The increase in light and space is amplified by the deep, reflective finishes of the European millwork and appliances. The surgical precision of [...]

Bathroom Renovation

Elmhurst, IL

Renovating suburban bi-levels can be challenging however a good designer and motivated client can get the job done successfully. In this project a 1950’s era top level bathroom was gutted and the ceiling joists eliminated to create a vaulted ceiling without disrupting the roof rafters. A light well was added to capture [...]

Full Motion Racing

San Diego, CA.

Full Motion Racing is a racing simulator concept utilizing proprietary software technology to give users the most unique racing simulation experience possible. The technicians and programmers at Full Motion Racing developed an ultra realistic graphics program that integrates with pneumatic piston driven race car simulators to mimic the feeling of acceleration, deceleration [...]

Medical Office

Chicago, IL

Renovation of antiquated nursing unit floor to comply with modern regulations concerning patient privacy laws and a general upgrade in appearance. The design centralizes the nursing station between 2 wings and allows for modern communication, monitoring and dispensing from a central location on the floor.

Lakeview Health Club

Chicago, IL

This project converted a floor with 22 small hotel rooms into a clean and modern workout space for a northside health club. Working on a fixed budget meant no structural alterations to the building however extensive upgrades were made to the mechanical and plumbing systems in order to modernize this facility.

The Nelsen Algren Fountain

Chicago, IL

2008 Entry into the Nelson Algren Fountain Cover contest in Wicker Park, Chicago. This project was selected as a finalist for construction of a winter protection scheme for the fountain and as a way to reinvigorate the square around the fountain during the winter months.

St. Paul’s Church Renovation

Rakvere, Estonia

This proposal was part of an international competition to reuse a church structure in the town of Rakvere, Estonia. The structure was the last church built before the iron curtain fell over eastern Europe and was crudely turned into a gymnasium for the better part of the last 50 years. The proposed [...]


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