As with all our projects, we held strictly to the energy codes of the city of Chicago and state of Illinois. Specifically, we used high efficiency appliances, lighting fixtures and plumbing fixtures. Moreover, the client has decided to live in urban housing moving from a large suburban home to decrease their carbon footprint and share the resources of the city.
The transition from a large suburban family home, to a 60th floor Streeterville apartment overlooking the city presented a challenge to soon-to-be empty nesters. A former 1970’s bachelor pad, the original apartment favored closed off rooms that eclipsed views, multiple floor levels which impeded contemporary entertaining and ubiquitous mirrored surfaces which offended modern sensibilities.
The new design began by stripping the apartment down to its structure and relocating mechanical equipment & ductwork to increase perimeter ceiling heights. Cabinets wrap around the heavy columns and mechanicals to create much needed storage, flexibility and cohesiveness.
A millwork wall with a movable panel allows a home office to be opened to the living room and opens a secondary circulation path through the space. This simple reconfiguration allows the space to scale from the cozy activities of a couple, to hosting the immediate family, to easily entertaining a crowd. The linear pattern on the kitchen cabinetry continues throughout the apartment, bringing a cohesive aesthetic to the home.
In the master suite, a millwork wall extends the length of the room. It provides for a media center, storage and concealed lighting. The laundry doubles as a mudroom and attractively hides the clutter. The result is a warm, contemporary home that will age with its inhabitants.