This was an adaptive re-use project.
The Hyde Park Residence is a renovation of a historic Chicago home. The design introduces modern architectural elements to a traditional context, bridging the two in an exploration of craft, materiality and light.
As a family of five, the clients desired a spacious kitchen with greater functionality, ample storage and a space to gather. It was also important we consider the relationship between the dining and kitchen areas and their respective aesthetic qualities. The subsequent design embraces the existing character of the building whilst providing a modern, functional addition within their home.
The kitchen is simply organized, composed of two service blocks and an island. The west block incorporates the stove, fridge and prep. The east block is storage, with two bays providing work space. The island sits between the blocks at the center of the kitchen. Its irregular shape is pragmatic, the result of surrounding offsets: standard cabinet depths, functional aisles, optimal storage and space for two adults and three children to gather. It is the hub of their daily, family activity.
Of the more prominent features of the design is a wood screen between the kitchen and dining areas. It is composed of white oak verticals, cut at a forty-five degree angle in profile so as to allow a view out to the nearby park, while obscuring a visitor’s direct view to the kitchen. The effect is subtle, but allows the spaces to feel connected yet visually separated.