Plywood from China that was cut on a CNC machine into 400 pieces in Ohio and transported to Chicago in a van became three-dimensional in just two days before the store was to open. An exercise in form-making and digital fabrication, the program consisted of a 25-foot-long undulating grid for the display of blue jeans, not unlike a good pair of form-fitting jeans. The pre-cut notching system employed for assembly required no mechanical fasteners.

Typology Commercial
size 1,600 SF
location 2039 W Roscoe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60618
status Completed
date 2011


Architect Wilkinson Blender Architecture
Contractor Wilkinson Blender Construction
Client The Denim Lounge
Photography Michael Wilkinson


  • AIA Chicago Small Project Awards 2013: Citation of Merit