As with all our projects, we held strictly to the energy codes of the city of Chicago and state of Illinois. Specifically, we used Lati veneer that is a weed wood, high efficiency appliances and plumbing fixtures. Moreover, the client has decided to live in urban housing which uses a smaller carbon footprint and shared resources.
Combining two one-bedroom apartments into a cohesive living space was complicated by low ceilings, dropped beams, large columns and protruding chases. This was solved by adding a ribbon of built-in cabinets that anchor the living areas.
The cabinetry is finished in straight-grained Lati veneer and features a wrap detail that frames each installation. In the kitchen, the wrap joins the various sizes, heights and planes of the cabinet doors into a unified whole.
Similarly, the wrap unites the built-in cabinetry in the home office, and organizes the master bath cabinetry into two alcoves. The living room features a two-sided cabinet which cantilevers six feet from a structural column; one side conceals a media center, the other displays art behind glass doors. A double sided cabinet also separates home office from master bedroom, with a television at the office side and clothing storage and bookshelves in the bedroom.
Radiant heating embedded in the ceiling slab made moving electrical boxes infeasible, so lighting the new apartment presented another challenge. Linear fluorescent fixtures with asymmetric reflectors were concealed above all cabinetry to provide indirect lighting. The kitchen and dining room are illuminated by a 28’ long custom extruded aluminum fixture that provides direct down lighting over the island and spotlights in the dining room.