Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

This renovation of a 2,200 square foot apartment recasts existing cellular spaces into a residence that recognizes the horizon's strong presence, framing it at eyelevel and maximizing the use of abundant natural daylight and cross ventilation. The "strong bones" of the building delineate two interior axes that organize space and movement. Living spaces face east and bedrooms west, with circulation organized in relation to light and views. 

Throughout the apartment, hinged and sliding panels filter light, allowing spaces to perform multiple functions. A pivoting glass wall separates the entry foyer from the combined living/dining rooms. A clear margin at eye level frames the horizon. Opposite the main entry, sliding panels conceal utility functions, a powder room, and allow the kitchen to be separated acoustically from the private realm. 

The combination library/playroom borrows daylight through clerestory glazing. Mirrors, formerly cladding walls and ceilings, are recycled as horizontal light reflectors. Located above the bookshelves, they push daylight deep into the interior. All remaining salvaged mirrored panels were donated to the construction of a dance studio in St. Louis. Full height sliding walls allow this space to be separated when privacy is required in the media/guest room or master closet.

Architect of record

Eric Keune
w.erk studio
1240 North Lake Shore Drive, #32A
Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Phone: 6504402349

General contractor

Ken Ivaska
Ivaska Builders
75 W Algonquin Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA
Phone: (847) 296-0000
Fax: (847) 296-0055


Steve Hall
400 N. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312-491-2082

Photographer 2

Anthony Marty
3857 North Leavitt st., Apartment 1
Chicago, IL 60618, USA
Phone: 312-925-6066