Charles Ifergan Building

Charles Ifergan hired Kurzman Architecture to transform the facade of his building from a dated 1970’s design with uninviting retail spaces accessed through a cramped interior elevator lobby into a new modern design with access into each of the two retail spaces directly from the sidewalk of the charming shopping destination of Oak Street within the Magnificent Mile district. In consultation with real estate broker Sharon Kahan of CB Richard Ellis , Charles was urged to pursue a design that accessed the stores from the sidewalk as a requirement for any serious retailer looking to lease these two spaces. In a highly collaborative effort with Randall Kurzman and Charles Ifergan, the design incorporated the use of inverted curved walls that gave up little interior space yet provided for an interesting and inviting exterior entrance-way to the building with a surprising feel of openness while incorporating the entrances to each store at the apex of the curve near the sidewalk. The result was a dramatic before-and-after transformation, sparking off a new revitalization of Oak Street with other projects following. The project was readily embraced by the Magnificent Mile Association Signage and Urban Design Committee as being “just what this shopping street needs” where clothing retailer Vince leased the east space and Furla continued to occupy the newly remodeled west space.