The significant historic features of the apartment were preserved and restored to maintain as much of the embodied energy of the structure as possible. In lieu of replicating legacy mouldings, great effort was taken to retain and restore plaster crown, re-purpose existing cornices, and revive a solid oak arched door. Original steam radiators, likewise, were restored and re-installed. Clay tile and plaster walls, common materials of the time, were retained.
An entirely new central air-conditioning system and kitchen appliances were selected based upon a reverse-engineering evaluation of existing electrical power to avoid service upgrade. One component of this evaluation included selection of a combination washer/dryer to eliminate the need for separate (concurrent) power draw from each that would have required power upgrade of the existing 125 AMP service. Other sustainable features of the design included the selection of high-efficiency lighting and appliances and specification of low VOC paints and finishes.
Hyde Park boasts of a rich architectural history from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Located in a vintage Hyde Park high-rise building constructed in 1928, this residence is an outstanding example of its time period, featuring over 2,500 square feet of space with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, en-suite bathrooms, distinct separation of public and private zones, and no central air conditioning.
The clients, who currently reside abroad and whom possess an eclectic collection of art, requested that their home accommodate their taste for both new and old, folk art and contemporary art from their travels around the world to enjoy in their retirement. The result was a design that celebrates and preserves the unique historic features of the vintage residence, contrasted with sympathetic modern materials, finishes, fixtures and appliances united by a common classic and contemporary color palette. New central air conditioning and laundry accommodations were incorporated into the design while maintaining the limited 125AMP electrical service and most of the existing clay-tile and plaster walls. Soffits were introduced to conceal the new systems but to maximize the height and light of the original residence.
An unusual challenge of this project was the long-distance presentation and coordination process. In addition to maintaining an aggressive completion schedule, our team identified methods to effectively communicate through the design and construction phases with our European clients through phone and video conferencing and weekly video blogging on construction progress.
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